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Re: 1803 Va laws regarding freed slaves
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Check Virginia law at the time. I think you will find that slave owners could emancipate any man slave not less than age 21 and any woman slave not less than age 18, and no slave older than age 45.
Children cost money to raise (feed, cloth, house, and supervise). The break-even age was about eight when slave children could do tasks equal to the value of their keep (source: Fogel and Engerman, Time on the Cross (1974), page 74).
A slave owner planning to emancipate his or her slaves would have two prime considerations:
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