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“Negro women not exempted from tax” (1668)

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Hening's Statutes at Large
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In the act “Negro women not exempted from tax,” passed by the General Assembly in the session of September 1668, colonial Virginia‘s government attempted to better define the conditions by which free and enslaved African Americans were taxed.

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Hening's Statutes at Large

WHEREAS some doubts, have arisen whether negro women set free were still to be accompted tithable according to a former act, It is declared by this grand assembly that negro women, though permitted to enjoy their ffreedome yet ought not in all respects to be admitted to a full fruition of the exemptions and impunities of the English, and are still lyable to payment of taxes.

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September 1668
In a newly passed law, the General Assembly orders that all black women, including free black women, are henceforth tithable, meaning that their labor can be taxed.
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APA Citation:
General Assembly. “Negro women not exempted from tax” (1668). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/negro-women-not-exempted-from-tax-1668.
MLA Citation:
General Assembly. "“Negro women not exempted from tax” (1668)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 29 Jul. 2021
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