What was the “Twenty Negro Law”?


In the eighteenth century, Virginia had a rule that it was illegal to import more than 20 slaves into that colony.

The “Twenty Negro Law” is an informal name for a state law passed in 1723 by the Virginia Colony.

 This law restricted the number of slaves who could be imported from Africa and other parts of the world. 

Only 20 Africans could come into this colony at one time, and often they would go on 

to plantations in either North or South Carolina before coming to Virginia. 

The “Twenty Negro Law” was repealed by 1794 after protests from slave owners.

One of the provisions of the “Twenty Negro Law” was that an owner would be fined $20 for each slave imported who had not been sold within two years.

The law also required that slaves who were to be transported from their original plantations to 

Virginia would have to provide a certificate and a notarized paper and would have to pay a fee. 

Once in Virginia, these slaves were then placed into the local registry.

In 1731, two years after this “Twenty Negro Law” was passed, 

Thomas Jefferson proposed an amendment to this law which allowed more Africans to be imported, but it was rejected as too expensive for slave owners. 

This “Twenty Negro Law” was also known as the “Law of the Free Negroes”.

  At CNN.com, guest blogger David Waldman argues that John Adams would be proud to see this day, 

since he warned against immigrating too many blacks. Waldman also states that he “never thought it would become a reality.” 

Toplessness protests were held by protesters at the annual Miss USA beauty pageant. 

Most of the protests occurred in protest of the Miss USA Pageant finals. 

The first protest was on June 3, 2015, with most topless protesters being arrested for indecent exposure or disorderly conduct. 

There were two more protests before the pageant final, with most topless protesters being arrested for indecent exposure or disorderly conduct.

On June 12, 2016, about 200 people in San Francisco held a topless protest in response to the Orlando nightclub shooting. 

The protesters were mostly San Francisco Bay Area residents. They marched about two blocks from Castro and Market Streets

 to the Civic Center Plaza. The protest was organized by the Topless Front movement, 

which was founded three years ago by an anonymous naked woman who goes by “Free The Nipple.” 

Police detained 10 protesters dressed only in panties or nude bras for alleged indecent exposure charges.

In short, “all nudity is illegal.”

In October 2014, the German city of Cologne banned naked woman from public places including public parks and other features. 

In order to pass a law, at least 30% of the electorate must agree to it for it to be passed. 

The ban has been described as a “draconian measure” which is tantamount to a total ban on “topless sunbathing”.

In August 2014 the French town of Saint-Denis approved a law banning all breasts, including nipples and areolae. 

During the summer of 2015 Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance required women in public places 

to cover their breasts with bras or swimsuits with necks up, unless they were breastfeeding.

In August 2016, an elected member of the city council of Phoenix, Arizona, 

introduced a bill to ban women from wearing “attire beneath outer clothing” that exposes their breast or nipples. 

The proposed law targeted both women and men who bared their breasts in public. 

The proposed law also bars men from handling “the genitals of someone else who is not his spouse” 

in public and prohibits sexual relationships between people and animals.

Between November 2 and 4, 2014, Free the Nipple Day was initiated by Los Angeles filmmakers Lina Esco and Rie Rasmussen. 

The intent was to encourage awareness about double standards regarding female breasts being publicly displayed.

 Rasmussen stated, “We are starting this movement for equality because we are fed up with being told to cover up. 

We are being told that what is between our legs defines our value.” The day was marked by 

protests in the U.S., Canada, England, France and Australia. Rasmussen said 100 topless protests were staged in New York City alone.

 “Free the Nipple” challenges the idea that females who go topless are indecent, while men who do so are not.

Petition to end Full body scanners at airports

“As of this writing there have been at least 2 organized efforts to combat TSA abuses of individual rights. 

To date, neither has seen noteworthy results. Most notable is the one led by the “We The People” website. 

This campaign was intended to get TSA agents out of airports and replace airport security with local police officers. 

While some members of Congress have agreed to this idea, it has yet to become law. why did the “twenty-negro law” enrage many white southerners during the civil war?


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