Originally published in 1987, this new edition of "Statehood and Union: A History of the Northwest Ordinance
" by Peter S.
Instead, the Northwest Ordinance
set up the framework allowing three to five areas to apply for statehood on equal footing with other states.
(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Northwest Ordinance
of 1787 that prohibited slavery in the area above the Ohio River between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River, slavery was not abolished legally in Michigan until 1837 when the state's first constitution officially ended involuntary servitude.
At the same time that the Constitutional Convention was taking place in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787, the Continental Congress approved a piece of legislation called the Northwest Ordinance
. This legal document became the governing document for the Northwest Territory of the United States, which included Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota.
Thus they limited the inheritance of wealth by abolishing primogeniture and entail, and they spread property widely by selling cheap, government-owned land via laws like the Northwest Ordinance
But the extreme event I am referring to is another one, when the Confederation Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance
on July 13, 1787, while the Convention was in session down the street in Philadelphia.
The Northwest Ordinance
: Constitutional Politics and the Theft of Native Land
(44) Her claim was that she was held in territory that the Northwest Ordinance
made free--and she and her children were thus free (p.
the Northwest Ordinance
, the foundation of six Midwest States, from
Michigan, however, used the language of the Northwest Ordinance
as the basis for its boundary claim, citing "a straight line from the southernmost end of Lake Michigan to where it intersects with Lake Erie."
He includes chapters on the Northwest Ordinance
of 1787, purporting to ban slavery in the Northwest Territory; on the persistence of slavery in Indiana and Illinois well into the nineteenth century; on the passage of an ineffective fugitive slave law in 1793; and, new for the third edition, on efforts to end the African slave trade.
One may mark it by two of the most important statutes in American history--the Northwest Ordinance
of 1787 and the Missouri Compromise of 1820.