State Law, Early In The War, To Control Slaves
Section I. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Mississippi,
That if any white person shall advise or conspire with any slave or
slaves to rebel or make insurrection against the white inhabitants of
this State, or shall in anywise aid, assist or abet any slave or slaves
making rebellion or insurrection, or shall advise or assist any slave
or slaves in the murder of any person whatsoever, or in the commission
or the attempt to commit any felony, or shall consult, advise or conspire
with any other white person, free negro, or any slave or slaves, to
induce, entice or excite any slave or slaves to rebel or make insurrection,
or commit other felony, or shall tamper with any slave or slaves to
induce them to run away from their master or lawful employer, or to
commit any crime, or shall teach or attempt to teach any slave or slaves
any seditious, revolutionary or rebellious sentiments, every such white
person so offending shall, on conviction, be deemed guilty of felony,
and shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary not less than ten years,
and for such longer period as the court trying the offence may direct.
Section II. Be it further enacted, That this act shall take
effect and be in force in thirty days from and after its passage.
Mississippi Laws, July, 1861, 66-67.
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