Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382010 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1820

General Petition Information

Abstract:Eighty-six "mechanics and undertakers in the Town of Columbia" seek legislation prohibiting slave owners and overseers from allowing skilled slaves to hire their own time. Self-hired slaves not only became contractors, or "undertakers" of jobs themselves, the petitioners complain, but they take "apprentices in the various mechanical arts exercised on and practiced in the said Towns whereby your Petitioners are often deprived of Jobs & employment in their respective trades." The petitioners seek a law with "certain and heavy penalties" to constrain owners or managers from permitting slaves to hire their own time. They also seek to penalize those who hire such slaves and to halt the practice of slaves hiring apprentices.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:See PARs #11381905, #11382009; Sponsor: John Howell, House, Richland District (1818-1821)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11382010

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #1565
  • Page: frames 715-18
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 715-18

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/28/2008 12:24:00 PM