Sometimes elites betray their class and do the right thing: Robert Carter III

Posted: 2015/05/15 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

Robert “Councillor” Carter III (February 1727/28 – March 10, 1804) was an American plantation owner, and for two decades sat on the Virginia Governor’s Council. With the assistance of BaptistQuaker andSwedenborgian faithful, Carter began what became the largest release of slaves in North America prior to the American Civil War. By a “Deed of Gift” filed withNorthumberland County on September 5, 1791, and related documents filed in Westmoreland County in subsequent years, Carter began the process of manumitting452 slaves in his lifetime.[1]

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