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The South's white population often lived in a state of fear of slave uprisings, especially where runaway slave communities existed such as the Dismal Swamp. This article presents the historic legislative measures taken by the state's General Assembly to prevent slave violence against whites.
Slavery in North Carolina was not addressed or recognized legally or by a governing body until it was given legal status by the General Assembly in 1715. From that point and continuing throughout the 18th- and 19th-centuries, laws were passed that gradually shaped the treatment and rights of slaves and an examination of these changes and of other efforts to effect changes in the law illustrate the attitudes of the people of North Carolina towards slaves' rights in this period.