"Are we willing to grant this liberty to all men?" : ambivalence in the revolutionary era -- "The liberty of emancipating their slaves" : the practice of manumission, 1782-1806 -- "Deep-rooted prejudices" : race and the problem of emancipation, 1782-1806 -- "White Negroes" and "inchoate freedom" : life after manumission -- A "contest for power" : slavery and emancipation become political issues in the 1820s -- The "most momentous subject of public interest" : the public debate over slavery and emancipation, 1831-1832 -- Epilogue -- Appendix A : religion of manumitters in deeds of manumission whose religious affiliation could be identified -- Appendix B : petitions regarding slavery, emancipation, and colonization sent to the House of Delegates in 1831-1832
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