Talk:Constitution of Vermont (1777)

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American Congress[edit]

It is absolutely necessary, for the welfare and safety of the inhabitants of this State, that it should be, henceforth, a free and independent State; and that a just, permanent, and proper form of government, should exist in it, derived from, and founded on, the authority of the people only, agreeable to the direction of the honorable American Congress. The link American Congress points to the United States Congress. Since this was written in 1777, I believe it would be more appropriate to link American Congress to the Continental Congress. I will change the link later if there are no objections.--RLent 15:59, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

Requested move 26 January 2015[edit]

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The result of the move request was: moved to Constitution of Vermont (1777). Number 57 14:36, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Constitution of Vermont (Vermont Republic)Constitution of the Vermont Republic – Or Constitution of Vermont (1777)? Current title is awkward. (talk) 12:32, 26 January 2015 (UTC)


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  • Support I would support Constitution of Vermont (1777), because the state did not call itself a republic and this would acknowledge constitutional continuity with the current constitution. I agree that the current title is awkward with two "Vermont"s.User:HopsonRoad 16:15, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Agree with HopsonRoad. I like the idea of continuity. It mostly thought of itself as a state-in-waiting, though there were republic-an additions. Student7 (talk) 17:58, 3 February 2015 (UTC)


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First (partial) ban on slavery in North America?[edit]

The Lee Ann Cox sources in this article have dead-end links and don't point to material suggesting that the Vermont constitution was the first to (partially) ban slavery. The History channel gives it credit for doing so. See: Staff (2010). "New Connecticut (Vermont) declares independence". History Channel. A+E Networks. Retrieved 2016-04-01. Vermont’s constitution was not only the first written national constitution drafted in North America, but also the first to prohibit slavery and to give all adult males, not just property owners, the right to vote. . — Preceding unsigned comment added by HopsonRoad (talkcontribs)

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