Maine Anti-Slavery Society constitution, ca. 1833
The Maine Anti-Slavery Society was founded in May 1833. While this constitution is undated, it is probably from 1833. It contains signatures of the group's members members. The constitution states that the society will "encourage & promote the intellectual, moral & religious improvement of the free people of color, & by correcting prevailing & wicked prejudices, endeavor to obtain for them, as well as the enslaved, an equality with the whites in civil, intellectual & religious privileges; but will never countenance the oppressed in vindicating their rights by physical force."