The 4th of July

On the 4th of July, 1827, slavery was finally abolished in the North American state of New York.

The African American slave known as ‘Whipped Peter’.

Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to The 4th of July

  1. Sylvain says:

    Abolishment of slavery is a great and fundamental step forward.
    From freedom to citizenship it is still a long journey.
    see : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_rights_in_the_United_States

    In the Kingdom of Belgium, race and religion were never a criteria to have voting right. “One man = one (and only one) vote” came only after 1st world war (some women inherited their defunct husband right). Women had to wait until 1948 to be able to vote for the Chamber and Senate but could already vote for municipal élections. Altough mandatory military service (suppressed in 1995) was from the age of 18, it is only in 1981 that minimum age was reduced to 18 for voting for Chamber and Senate.
    Conditions to be eligible were not necessarily the same. E.g. women could be elected for Chamber and Senate since 1921.
    Looking at elections systems in various parts of the world is quite interesting. There is no system without some biases.
    Sylvain

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