1670The General Court revised the wording around the legality of slavery, making it legal for children of enslaved people to be sold into bondage.People and Communities, Government and Public Service, State Government, African American History

The General Court changed the wording of the statute in the Body of Liberties, which made enslavement both permanent and hereditary.

The new statute read: “There shall never be any bond slaverie, villinage or Captivitie amongst us unles it be lawfull Captives taken in just warres, and such as willingly selle themselves or are sold to us.”

Massachusetts Colony; Nathanial Bradstreet Shurtleff ed.; Massachusetts General Court. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Printed by Order of the Legislature, Vol. IV, Part II, 1661-1674. 1854. Slavery and Law in 17th Century Massachusetts (U.S. National Park Service). https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/slavery-and-law-in-early-ma.htm
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