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

by Levy, Andrew
Publisher: Random House
Retail Price: $25.95, hardcover
Issue: Fall 2005
ISBN: 0375508651

In an act that the founding fathers claimed they wished they could have done, but were powerless to do, Robert Carter, a contemporary of the wealthiest Virginia planters, freed over 450 slaves, his own property, on a single day in 1791. Levy seeks to explain both why Carter did this when no one else did, and why Carter's story is relatively unknown today.

review of The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves, by Levy, Andrew, Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2005).