The Journal of Economic History

Papers Presented at the Thirty-second Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association

The Economics of Emancipation

Claudia Dale Goldina1

a1 University of Wisconsin

This paper illuminates one particular aspect of the theme of this session, property rights in man. It will deal with various emancipation plans: those actually enacted in various slave societies; those discussed by legislators who debated slave and antislave proposals; and those which, being purely fictional, have become part of counterfactual history.