The young men nowadays were emancipating themselves from the law and business and taking up all sorts of new things.
There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that she was not free; and he had long since discovered that May’s only use of the liberty she supposed herself to possess would be to lay it on the altar of her wifely adoration.
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She was an emancipated 20th century woman pursuing her career.
In 1776, a committee of Quakers emancipated forty slaves, but authorities declared the act illegal.