Maine Anti-Slavery Society constitution, ca. 1830s
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The Maine Anti-Slavery Society was founded by October 1834. This is the constitution for the society with signatures of its 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."