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Even free people of color — a term for nonslaves of African or mixed African-European descent — were subject to special laws restricting their property, occupations, marriage, and even clothing. In Spanish America they had to pay a special tax to the Crown. Racial privilege conferred a new dimension of entitlement on European settlers in the colonies, and they used extremely brutal methods to enforce it. The contradiction between slavery and the Enlightenment ideals of liberty and equality was all too evident to educated people of color.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Written by Thomas Jefferson and others, this document boldly listed the tyrannical acts committed by George III (r. 1760–1820) and confiLoyalist stronghold dently proclaimed the natural Patriot stronghold Strongly contested rights of mankind and the area Quebec sovereignty of the American Montreal states. The Declaration of VT. H. MASS. Y. I. Newport CONN. of En glish people and made Philadelphia New York them the rights of all mankind.
A body of associates living under a common law and represented by the same legislature. Is it not more than certain that the noble order has privileges, exemptions, and even rights that are distinct from the rights of the great body of citizens? Because of this, it [the noble order] does not belong to the common order, it is not covered by the law common to the rest. Thus its civil rights already make it a eople apart inside the great Nation. It is truly imperium in p imperio [a law unto itself ].