Massachusetts Constitution of 1780

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This is a painting of the drafting of the Massachusetts Constitution.

The language embeded within this constitution directly contributed to the fall of slavery within Massachusetts.

A quote from Article 1 of the Massachusetts Constitution.

"All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness."