Legislative Petitions

Legislative Petitions Digital Collection (1776-1865) (Library of Virginia) - Petitions addressed public improvements, military claims, divorce, manumission of slaves, division of counties, incorporation of towns, religious freedom, and taxation, among other concerns. Frequently, the petitions contain supplementary support documents useful in research, including maps, wills, naturalizations, deeds, resolutions, affidavits, judgments, and other items. The right to petition was not restricted by class, race, or sex; as a result, women, free blacks, and slaves petitioned the General Assembly.

Slavery Petitions (1775-1867) (Race and Slavery Petitions Project/University of North Carolina) - A database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color obtained from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia. 



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