Northwest Ordinance

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Northwest Ordinance:

see Ordinance of 1787Ordinance of 1787,
adopted by the Congress of Confederation for the government of the Western territories ceded to the United States by the states. It created the Northwest Territory and is frequently called the Northwest Ordinance.
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He gave it control of much of the Northwest Territory, eventually the subject of the Northwest Ordinance.
As the Founding Fathers expressed it in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
These connections between slave regimes provide a much "thicker" depiction of slavery and race, one that more fully appreciates the paradox and irony that marked this institution (and particular episodes such as the Amistad revolt and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787) as an "unjust system of labor" and as an economic boon.
The Northwest Ordinance, passed under the Articles of Confederation and re-passed under the Constitution, barred the admission of states to the union whose publicly funded schools did not teach "religion and morality.
In the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Congress had prohibited slavery in the area that is now Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Fearing that these rich lands would be claimed by Britain or France, Congress agreed to the settlers' terms in a landmark founding document--the 1789 Northwest Ordinance.
Chapter 3 (1988) analyzes the Northwest Ordinance of 1787; while Chapter 7, "Free Blacks, Women, and Business Corporations as Unequal Persons" (1989), examines the ideas of delegates to state constitutional conventions between 1820 and 1870.
During the 13-year period from 1776 to 1789, the United States of America was governed by the Articles of Confederation and by other enactments, including the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.
Better known than the Land Ordinance of 1785 and equally important was the ordinance of 1787, which established policies with respect to the government of the western lands and which, because it applied specifically to the Old Northwest, is generally called the Northwest Ordinance.
The American Originals traveling exhibition allows visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view rarely seen historical documents-- such as the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Official Voting Record of the Constitutional Convention from 1787, letter and sword from the King of Siam to President Buchanan and the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln.
Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Northwest Ordinance, and Constitution--none of them was more than 4,500 words long.

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