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    owners who believed in freeing their slaves. Even a very rich, well-connected man had to proceed with caution, fearing not just ostracization by his neighbors, but having his family home burnt and being threatened with death. Carter left his home forever to escape being killed.

    It took a great courage for Robert Carter III to follow through with the emancipation of his slaves. Those who ignore the context of the times in which these men lived, and the risks to themselves and their families, ignore the fact that their actions risked not just sacrificing luxuries and high social position but possibly their very lives.

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