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“The most hated woman in Virginia”

May 10, 2013 7:23 pm by

wtvr has a profile of Elizabeth Van Lew, calling her “the most hated woman in America”:

Elizabeth Van Lew is born in 1818 into a wealthy slave owning household. She was a woman of means living in the finest mansion on Church Hill, but the Quaker educated Van Lew comes to abhor the institution – of humans owning humans.

She secretly starts freeing her slaves following her father’s passing 20 years ‘before’ the Emancipation Proclamation. The decision sets the unmarried Van Lew on a crash course with her fellow Virginians.


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