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Pennsylvania indicts "colored" keeper of a gambling house in 1839  

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Pennsylvania legal document indicting a “colored man” for keeping an illegal Gambling house


Mifflin County, Pennsylvania


March 16, 1839


Document Signed by a Justice of the Peace,  1pg.+docketing note on verso.  Requiring "Colored man" James McClintic to appear in court to answer charges of keeping a gambling house.

Census records show James McClintic to be one of six “free colored persons” living in Lewiston, Pennsylvania in the 1830s. He may have taken his surname from a white namesake whose family was one of the earliest settlers of the town.

Gambling was illegal in Pennsyhlvania through most of the state's history, though the prohibition was unusual in focusing on the owners of gamlibng establishments rather than the players. Conversely, all the Southern states penalized gambling by slaves, which was felt to encourage drunkenness, laziness, crime -  and rebellion.


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