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. Manumission meant, “setting free of slaves by their masters.” Although many people during this time period and before manumitted many of their slaves for various reasons the most common was manumitting a slave who was old. Slave owners did not want to have to take care of the people that were suppose to be do their work, so when the time came that the slave was getting to old and sick the slave owners would manumit them. By 1713 New Jersey passed a law claiming “that free negroes are an idle and slothful people, and prove very often a charge to the place where they are.” In this law it was said that for a slave to be let manumitted, the slave must be able support himself. After this law passed in New Jersey abounding amounts of other…
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