Events for French Rev. Timeline

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  • Declaration of Independence

  • Virginia's Declaration of rights

  • Remonstrances of Parlement of Paris against Turgot’s Six Edicts

  • The Republic of Vermont, an independent country at the time, prohibits slavery in its constitution

  • The Virginia legislature passes a law, with Thomas Jefferson's support and probably authorship, that bans importing slaves into Virginia. It is the first state to ban the slave trade, and all other states eventually followed

  • Franco-American Alliance, France declares war on Great Britain

  • Affair of the Diamond Necklace

  • Congress re-adopts the Northwest Ordinance under the Constitution

  • Calonne presents reform proposals to King Louis

  • George Washington writes: "There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it [slavery]."

  • Exile of parlements of Paris and Bordeaux

  • Linguet, "Attack on the Nobility" from Annales politiques

  • Kentucky draws up a constitution as a slave state and is admitted to the union

  • Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 based on Article IV, Section 2 of the Constitution

  • New Jersey enacts a law that provides for gradual abolition of slavery. All states north of the "Mason-Dixon Line" (the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania) have now abolished or provided for the gradual abolition of slavery within their boundaries