Manumitted slave (on slave record)

1850: Both samples
1860: All three samples

All persons.

MANUMIT identifies individual slaves who were manumitted in the 12 months prior to the census. Users should use this variable with caution: it was not collected systematically and is not nationally representative.

Enumerators were instructed to note how many slaves from a given holding had been manumitted within the past year opposite the name of the former owner. Description of the individual slaves manumitted was up to the enumerator's discretion, so it is no doubt incomplete.



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