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 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 Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 But Virginia repealed its manumission law in 1806, and in the 1820s, rejected attempts to abolish slavery.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 The terrible toll of lives lost and infrastructure destruction could have been avoided had the southern secessionists accepted a payment to conduct manumission en masse. William Darity, Rolling Stone, 19 June 2021 As outlined in his enslaver’s will, Ross received a ten-acre tract of land close to the Blackwater River upon his manumission. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Jones also had been born into slavery in Delaware had obtained his freedom through manumission in 1784. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2021 After her manumission and the death of Susanna Wheatley, in 1774, Phillis became more vocal in expressing her antislavery views. Elizabeth Winkler, The New Yorker, 30 July 2020 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, 24 Oct. 2019

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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 21 Jan. 2022.

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