An Act to Authorize the Manumission of Slaves (1782)

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Per Encyclopedia Virginia: This law enacted by the  General Assembly  in May 1782 allowed  enslavers  to manumit enslaved people at will, without government approval. The law also mandates that anyone manumitting enslaved people shall provide support for those over or under a certain age and that enslaved people pay the taxes and levies required by the state. This text is for 6th-12th grade students.

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