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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the official manumission of the slaves came after the Civil War
Recent Examples on the Web His bevels to me are as ambitious an innovation as the manumission of the canvas from the stretcher. New York Times, 28 June 2022 Bellerjeau discovered her manumission (legal freedom) certificate from 1803 and the name of her mother (Pender). Claire Bellerjeau And Tiffany Yecke Brooks, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2022 Cascading from the table’s edge is a manumission document releasing a family named Moore from chattel slavery as burning incense and a nearby plate of water quietly consecrate the sober scene. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Hemings became free in 1796, according to a deed of manumission signed by Jefferson. Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 Bell also pointed out that Quakers like Hopkins frequently purchased slaves with the intent of freeing them, but were often required to maintain legal ownership — sometimes for years — due to laws regulating manumission. Grayson Quay, The Week, 28 Apr. 2022 So, how has this great manumission remained largely unknown outside of a handful of history buffs and the growing body of descendants? Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 But Virginia repealed its manumission law in 1806, and in the 1820s, rejected attempts to abolish slavery. Michael Barone, Arkansas Online, 24 June 2021 Virginia in 1782, Delaware in 1787 and Maryland in 1790 passed manumission laws, regularizing granting freedom to slaves, as George Washington did in his will in 1799. Michael Barone, Arkansas Online, 24 June 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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