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This is a well-written monograph explaining, in detail, how slavery was abolished in the northern states of the US during the period beginning in 1777 and ending in 1840. The "peculiar institution," as slavery was popularly known back then, unfortunately had remarkable staying power in many northern states. Vermont, the 14th state in the union, abolished slavery in its first state constitution in 1777, while slavery was effectively abolished only a few years later in Massachusetts and New Hampsh ...more