African American Slaves During The Eighteenth And Nineteenth Century

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Manumission was one of the many hopes that African American slaves had during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Manumission was not only a way to freedom for slaves, but also a way for many slaveholders to rid, of their older slaves who were no longer useful. To say that manumission was agreed upon all states and slave-owners would be an understatement. Not all states or slave-owners thought of manumission as being a good or equal trade for a slave’s duty of work. To many slave owners manumission was disfavored, but to many, including the slaves, manumission was an act of an individual doing what is right and just for another human being, for this many favored manumission. The term manumission arouse during the eighteenth century.…show more content…
It seemed to the master of the slaves that if the master promised or highly assured the slave that good hard working labor would pay off by being manumitted in years to come. The slaves would use this to their advantage, “ many blacks brought pressure for manumission by malingering, stalling, and in general, making it clear that they would preform better as wage workers rather than as slaves”. There were some rare occasions when slave owners would free all of there slaves, many of these men were followers of Christ and saw that owning a slave was wrong and “believing it to be consistent with the will of kind Providence who hath created all nations with one blood.” This act of following Christ to free slaves seemed to be more common in New York, maybe influenced by the Quakers. Its easy for one to assume that slaves were manly men and one hears more about men being manumitted in history, but the truth is manumission was a colossal event with female slaves. “From an owner’s perspective freeing an enslaved woman meant calculating the loss of labor not only of the woman herself but of her offspring.” During this time period the owner of the slave also received the slaves child or in many cases sold the slaves child to another slave owner. In 1809 a law was passed “attempted to supersede the
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