Subject: Re: The term "intellectual property" considered useful
From: Russ Nelson <>
Date: Sat, 13 May 2006 00:22:37 -0400

Ben Tilly writes:
 > In that case, the South must have been stupid to not voluntarily give
 > up all their slaves!

It wasn't legal.  If you wanted to free your slaves, you had to pay
the state against the possibility that they would becomes wards of the
state.  One of the reasons Jefferson didn't free his slaves at his
death was because he couldn't afford to.

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