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This Day in Georgia History

January 22, 1796

Yazoo Act Condemed

In the General Assembly then meeting at Louisville, a House committee was appointed to report on the constitutionality of the Yazoo Act. The committee’s report condemned the act, noting “fraud, corruption, and collusion” associated with its passage–and also charged “utmost depravity” on the part of legislators who had voted for it. Further declaring the act unconstitutional, the report proposed legislation to rescind the Yazoo Act and to remove all reference and copies of the law in public records.

To view an image of the burning of the Yazoo Act, see the Digital Library of Georgia.