HomeResources & Links

Resources & Links

Resources & Links

In the process of researching and compiling these documents we have found
many useful resources that may be helpful to anyone interested in this topic.
This list will be updated from time to time.

Online Links:

An Act to Authorize the Manumission of Slaves (1782)

Library of Virginia - Virginia Untold - Searchable archives

Pre-1820 Virginia Manumissions Database

Free African Americans

Founders Online Archive

Library of Congress

Pleasants against Pleasants (1798)


Manumission in Virginia

Manumission in Nineteenth Century Virginia

Slave manumission in Virginia, 1782-1806: the Jeffersonian dilemma in the age of liberty

Book List:

The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States - Ira Berlin - 2015

Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World - Rosemary Brana-Shute and Randy J. Sparks - 2010

Israel on the Appomattox: a Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from
the 1790s through the Civil War
- Melvin Patrick Ely - 2005

The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding
Father Who Freed His Slaves
- Andrew Levy - 2005

The Problem of Slavery In Western Culture - David Brion Davis - 1969

Black Rednecks and White Liberals - Thomas Sowell - 2005

Slave No More : Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas - Aline Helg - 2019

Free Blacks of Lynchburg Virginia 1805-1865 - Ted Delaney & Phillip Rhodes - 2001

Strangers in Their Midst: The Free Black Population of Amherst County, Virginia - Sherry McLeRoy & William McLeRoy - 1993

The Midas of Manumission: The Orphan Samuel Gist and his Virginian Slaves - Barb Drummond - 2018

Free Negroes in Halifax County, Virginia, 1767-1864 - Lander G. Anderson (2018)

Pittsylvania County, Virginia, register of free Negroes and related documentation - Alva H. Griffith (2001)

Bedford Black History 250 Years - Annie S. Pollard (2015)

Newspaper Articles: 

Manumission of a Whole Drove of Slaves (Cincinnati, OH)