Slaves in Stono, South Carolina, rebel, sacking and burning an armory and killing whites. The colonial militia puts an end to the rebellion before slaves are able to reach freedom in Florida.
South Carolina passes the comprehensive "Negro Act," making it illegal for slaves to move abroad, assemble in groups, raise food, earn money, and learn to read English. Owners are permitted to kill rebellious slaves if necessary.
Georgia and Carolina attempt to invade Florida in retaliation for the territory's policy toward runaways.
Georgia repeals its prohibition and permits the importation of black slaves.
George II repeals the 1705 Virginia act by which slaves were deemed real estate.
Pennsylvania Quakers forbid their members from owning slaves or participating in the slave trade.
New Jersey prohibits the enlistment of slaves in the militia without their master's permission.
The Virginia House of Burgess boycotts the British slave trade in protest of the Townsend Acts. Georgia and the Carolinas follow suit.
Escaped slave, Crispus Attucks, is killed by British forces in Boston, Massachusetts. He is one of the first colonists to die in the war for independence.
James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw writes the first autobiographical slave narrative.