Circa 1775

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:
Circa 1775

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In his 1767 open letter to Friends Thomas Nicholson advocated a form of gradual emancipation, he stated that he was willing to give freedom to all his slaves if a legal expedient by which it could be done could be found. Nicholson determined that it was neither necessary nor desirable to wait for a change in the law. He wrote a brief essay in which he urged slaveowners to end their association with the sin of slavery immediately, in defiance of the law and despite the likelihood that those they set free would be returned into slavery by the state courts.

Keywords: Thomas Nicholson; emancipation; slaveowners; slavery

Chapter.  1086 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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