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Preliminary Voices of the Civil War Northwest Ordinance

This PDF explores the purpose of the Northwest Ordinance, also known as the Freedom Ordinance. Enacted in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, the Northwest Ordinance was a way of accounting for those who wanted to settle in the Northwest Territory that would soon become Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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