I always give my students a field
experience and we go down to the County Historical Society where they
have an opportunity to look at some manumission records. Eighteenth and
nineteenth century manumission records. Manumission documents are those
documents, those legal documents, that freed slaves. So they have an
opportunity to not only look at the document itself but to try to interpret what does this document mean. It also gives them an opportunity to try read nineteen century writing which can be a challenge.