The Beginning of the End for Slavery

It's Also History

It’s also History: Tales & Tidbits from Alan’s Archives

Alan Foulds is a local historian who has written several historically related articles in addition to his book, “Boston’s Ballparks & Arenas.” He is a major contributor to the writing of “At Wood End.” Mr. Foulds is also Reading’s Town Moderator.

In 1776, when America officially broke from Great Britain, slavery was legal in all 13 states. Four years later, Massachusetts adopted its state constitution which appeared to outlaw the practice for the first time anywhere in the United States. To end slavery, though, it took a series of court cases to determine the constitution’s exact meaning. Two brave souls, who were afforded very little freedom to that point, tested the law and made sure it lived up to its lofty words.

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