Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Liberation from slavery or bondage; a minor’s liberation from control of his parents. See 79 Iowa, 151, 18 Am. St. Rep. 353, 7 L. R. A. 176, 44 N. W. 295.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The act by which one who was unfree or under the power and control of another, is set at liberty and made his own master. Fremont v. Sandown, 56 N. H. 303; Porter v. Powell, 79 Iowa, 151, 44 N. W. 295, 7 In R. A. 176, 18 Am. St Rep. 353; Varney v. Young, 11 Vt. 258. In Roman law. The ehfranchisement of a son by his father, which was anciently done by the formality of an imaginary sale. This was abolished by Justinian, who substituted the simpler proceeding of a manumission before a magistrate. Inst 1, 12, 6. In Louisiana. The emancipation of minors is especially recognized and regulated by law. In England. The term "emancipation'.' has been borrowed from the Roman law, and is constantly used in the law of parochial settlements. 7 Adol. & E. (N. St) 574, note.
    —Emancipation proclamation. An' executive proclamation, declaring that all persons held in slavery in certain designated states and districts were and shonid remain free. It was issued January 1, 1863, by Abraham Lincoln, as president of the United States and commander in chief.