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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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The Progress of Manumission

(p.91) 8 1776–1789
The Having of Negroes Is Become a Burden

Michael J. Crawford

University Press of Florida

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

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