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Abolition of Slavery in Connecticut

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The New England State of Connecticut is recorded throughout the history of the Jacksonian Period as a Free State within the Union of the country. However, this does not tell the full story of the freedom and abolition movement within the state, with Slavery becoming fully outlawed in 1848. Despite several abolition movements within the state, many free African Americans still struggled with living their daily lives within the state.  Why did it take so long for a northern state to officially abolish the practice slavery? Why were freed African Americans still subject to harsh and discriminatory laws? What were the steps that led to the eventual abolition of slavery within the state?