manumission

noun
man·​u·​mis·​sion | \ ˌman-yə-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce manumission (audio) \

Definition of manumission

: the act or process of manumitting especially : formal emancipation from slavery

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Examples of manumission in a Sentence

the official manumission of the slaves came after the Civil War
Recent Examples on the Web The manumission of the Manumission Society’s slaves would be left, at least in the short run, to the initiative of members. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "The New York Manumission Society," 24 Oct. 2019 Although Washington set his slaves on the path to freedom in his will, the manumission didn’t take effect until after the death of his wife Martha, which would be in 1802. Suyin Haynes, Time, "'History Has Been Told About Men, for Men, by Men.' How One Historian Wants to Bring a New Perspective to George Washington," 4 Feb. 2020 Hamilton was proposing a parallel hierarchy of founding fathers — the founding fathers of manumission. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "The New York Manumission Society," 24 Oct. 2019 State legislatures in Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia started appropriating funding to encourage colonization, and some slave owners made manumission contingent on leaving the country, according to Parker. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "200 Years Before the 'Send Her Back' Chants, This U.S.-Backed Effort Tried to Send Free Black Americans 'Back'," 22 July 2019 With the Revolution, Maryland and Virginia legislators rewrote manumission laws, and masters — driven by a combination of Revolutionary egalitarianism and economic necessity — freed their slaves in large numbers. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The 1619 Project’s Potted History," 27 Aug. 2019 Ultimately, Jefferson did not give Harriet an education, an inheritance or even manumission papers declaring her freed. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "'Jefferson's Daughters,' both white and black, get spotlight in new book," 29 Jan. 2018 Tucked in his jacket pocket when he was sworn in as lieutenant governor on Jan. 13 was the manumission document that freed his enslaved ancestors in 1798. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Seven takeaways from the failed Democratic government shutdown," 23 Jan. 2018 Tucked in his jacket pocket when he was sworn in as lieutenant governor on Jan. 13 was the manumission document that freed his enslaved ancestors in 1798. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Sorry, Virginia: Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Doesn’t Want to Hear You Wax Poetic About Confederate ‘Heroes’," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of manumission

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manumission

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin manumission-, manumissio, from manumittere

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“Manumission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manumission. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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