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emancipation

noun [U]    /ɪˌmæn·səˈpeɪ·ʃən/
the act of freeing a person from another person's control: emancipation from slavery US history The Emancipation Proclamation, made by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, freed slaves in the southern American states during the US Civil War.
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