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The Having of Negroes Is Become a BurdenThe Quaker Struggle to Free Slaves in Revolutionary North Carolina$
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Michael Crawford

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034706

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034706.001.0001

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Circa 1775

Circa 1775

Thomas Nicholson Urges Immediate Emancipation

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(p.84) 5 Circa 1775
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The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden
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Michael J. Crawford

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034706.003.0009

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

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