Oneida County Anti-Slavery Petition Collection

The Oneida County Anti-Slavery Petition Collection contains digitized copies of petitions from the citizens of Oneida County’s townships to the United States government protesting the continuation and expansion of slavery. This collection includes local petitions from the towns of Annsville, Augusta, Ava, Camden, Clinton, Deerfield, Florence, Floyd, Holland Patent, Kirkland, Lee, Marcy, Marshall, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oneida, Paris, Rome, Sangerfield, Steuben, Trenton, Utica, Vernon, Verona, Vienna, Western, and Whitestown. From 1834 to 1854, these local petitions called for the end of slavery, the slave trade, and the institution’s expansion into the newly acquired Nebraska, Florida, and Texas territories. Additionally, the petitioners called for the reinstatement of the Missouri Compromise after its 1854 repeal in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854). The original documents may be found at the National Archives in Washington D.C.

Collection owner: Utica College - Center for Historical Research