Chapter

1776–1789

Michael J. Crawford

in The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034706
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034706.003.0012
1776–1789

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The North Carolina Yearly Meeting set up a formal process for persuading individual Quaker slaveholders to set their slaves free. It indicated that many Friends found the decision to let go of their human property difficult to make and that the Society had to use patient persuasion over the course of years. In her examination of slave manumissions in Virginia in the first decade after American independence, Eva Sheppard Wolf finds that individual leaders and community pressure were crucial for translating personal belief in the immorality of slavery into decisions to free slaves. Individuals and community played essential roles in converting conviction into action.

Keywords: North Carolina Yearly Meeting; Quaker slaveholders; manumission; Virginia; Eva Sheppard Wolf; slaves

Chapter.  2987 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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