One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Too focused on the manumitters' motives (whether moral, material, or both), they neglect the equally important ‘actions and behavior of the blacks who were seeking to become free’.’
- ‘In this period, fewer than 40 percent of manumitters freed all their slaves.’
- ‘Following the gradualist laws and conditional manumissions-which delayed freedom well until adulthood-many manumitters required their slaves to agree to long-term indentureships as part of the price of freedom, thereby reviving an older system of subordination and providing masters with a profitable exit from slave ownership.’
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