St. George Tucker publishes Dissertation on Slavery: With a Proposal for the Gradual Emancipation of It, In the State of Virginia
Poet, author, veteran, lawyer, judge and law professor, St. George Tucker was a man of many talents. In the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area stands the home where he lived following the death of his first wife, Frances Randolph, in 1788. Tucker wrote “A Dissertation on Slavery” in 1796, calling for the gradual abolition of slavery. The Virginia General Assembly ignored his plan. While Tucker did not free his own slaves, his arguments may have influenced his stepson Richard Randolph to leave a will that begged his slaves for forgiveness and provided land on which they could live.
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