Ordinance of 1787

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ORDINANCE OF 1787. An act of congress which regulates the territories of the United States. It is printed in 3 Story, L. U. S. 2073. Some parts of this ordinance were designed for the temporary government of the territory north- west of the river Ohio while other parts were intended to be permanent, and are now in force. 1 McLean, R. 337; 2 Missouri R. 20; 2 Missouri R. 144; 2 Missouri R. 214; 5 How. U. S. R. 215.

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One may mark it by two of the most important statutes in American history--the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
At stake was the vast, rich region set aside north of the Ohio River by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.
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As the Founding Fathers expressed it in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, "Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
In the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Congress had prohibited slavery in the area that is now Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
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This ordinance never went into effect, being superseded by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.
The American Originals traveling exhibition allows visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view rarely seen historical documents-- such as the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Official Voting Record of the Constitutional Convention from 1787, letter and sword from the King of Siam to President Buchanan and the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Lincoln.
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