Northwest Ordinance of 1787 – July 13

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was signed on July 13, 1787. On July 13, 1787, Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance—an act that established a framework for governing the Northwest Territory, admitting new states, and protecting the civil liberties of settlers. It also banned slavery in the new territories. However, it granted slaveholders the power to … Read more