Civil War Library

Original Union and Confederate Books, Manuscripts and Photographs

Updated May 31, 2020

State and Local Governments that Proposed Anti-Slavery Legislation


Missouri State Legislature, March 10, 1849


California Statehood Convention, September 1 – October 13, 1849, Territorial Governor Bennett Riley


Vermont State Legislature, 1850


Wisconsin State Supreme Court, July 19, 1850


City Council of Chicago, Illinois, 1850


Kansas Territorial Legislature.  Elected by anti-slavery “Free Soil” Party.  Governor was also “Free Soiler,” Charles Robinson.  Asked Congress to admit Kansas as a free state.


Maine State Legislature, 1855


Massachusetts State Legislature, 1855


Michigan State Legislature, 1855