Zhopaz In Society

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Zhopaz In Society

possible solutions to the problem. The first week of the assembly saw numerous proposals
for the colonization of free blacks and on December 14, William Henry Roane of Hanover
presented a petition from the Society of Friends which proposed the abolition of slavery
through the gradual colonization of slave in Africa. This proposal sparked intense debate
between the members of the house and divided Tidewater delegates and those from the
heavily agricultural "southside" of the James River. On January 11, 1832, Piedmont
Delegate William O. Goode, a southsider, argued that debate on emancipation placed all of
Virginia in grave danger because of the threat posed by blacks watching the actions of the
Assembly. He proposed a resolution to table discussion for the safety of the Commonwealth.
A counter-resolution was proposed by western Piedmont delegate Thomas Jefferson Randolph
proposing a state-wide referendum on gradual emancipation so that the people of Virginia
could decide the issue rather than the members of the Assembly, who held a
disproportionate stake in the institution of slavery. If the majority of the citizens were
for abolition, the process would begin with all slaves born on or after July 4, 1840,
becoming the property of the Commonwealth. They would be hired out by the state until
enough money had been raised to provide for their removal from the country. The session
closed with the passage of a statement supporting the exploration of possible colonizing
of slaves. That mood would change by the next fall, a result in large part of the essay on
slavery published by William and Mary professor Thomas R.

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