Laws of the State of Indiana by Indiana General Assembly
Publication Date: 1819 Three early Indiana imprints bound together of the Third, Fourth,
and Fifth Session of the Indiana General Assembly with the 1816 Statehood Constitution.
Indiana provides the punishment of whipping for “man stealing,” a crime upon which
a Joint Resolution elaborates. It condemns “sundry persons destitute of every principal
[sic] of humanity [who] are in the habit of seizing carrying off and selling slaves,
free persons of color who are or have been for a long time inhabitants of this state.”
“”Free Negroes” are under the protection of our laws , and fully invested with those
invaluable rights guaranteed by our constitution namely, life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness.” These early State assemblies enact other laws on a variety of subjects.
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