American Revolution Podcast

ARP241 Drafting an Army & Freeing Slaves

March 13, 2022

Increasing difficulties in recruiting soldiers forces Congress to compel states to conscript soldiers for the 1780 campaign, leading to complaints of a standing army.  

Pennsylvania passes the first state law abolishing slavery over time.  While the law begins the process, it would not lead to a single slave being freed under the law until 1808.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The First Emancipation: The Abolition of Slavery in the North, by Arthur Zilversmit (or read on

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Kestnbaum, Meyer "Citizenship and Compulsory Military Service: The Revolutionary Origins of Conscription in the United States.” Armed Forces & Society, vol. 27, no. 1, 2000, pp. 7–36,

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