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Compensated emancipation in the District of Columbia : petitions under the Act of April 16, 1862

Dorothy S. Provine
Provine, Dorothy S. (Main Author)
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English
Westminster, Maryland : Heritage Books Inc, c2005
[7], 268 p.
0788431838
Heritage books; P3183

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"On Apr. 16, 1862, Congress passed the law entitled "An Act for the Release of Certain Persons Held to Service of Labor in the District of Columbia" which abolished slavery in the nation's capital and provided monetary compensation for the ex-slaveowners...The District of Columbia was unique as being the only place the Federal government paid slaveholders after liberating their slaves. Petitioners were required to take an oath of allegiance to the Government of the United States and to swear that they had not borne arms against it or given aid and comfort to its enemies. Those loyal persons claiming ownership were required to submit within 90 days a petition naming and descibing their slaves, estimating their value and stating how they obtained title to such persons." -- Introd.

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