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  • n. Plural form of freeman.


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  • In 1779, freemen from the French colony of Saint Domingue, now the Republic of Haiti, came to the aid of American patriots fighting for freedom at the Siege of Savannah.

    Happy Haitian Flag Day | ATTACKERMAN

  • Thus shall we show that loyalty to this government of freemen is a sacred and paramount obligation, to be thrown off only less easily than loyalty to God.

    God's Ways Unsearchable

  • “Did you borrow your notions of freemen from the Italians?”

    The Life of Lord Byron

  • Thus, in the New England States, none have the powers of citizens but those whom they call freemen; and none are freemen Until admitted by a vote of the freemen of the town.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4

  • Although that document mostly protected "freemen" - what were then known as feudal lords or barons, and today known as CEOs and millionaires - rather than the average person, it initiated a series of events that echo to this day.

    Losing Habeas Corpus - "A More Dangerous Engine of Arbitrary Government"

  • What could be more proper than a subscription, weekly, amongst the entitled freemen, to raise a sum to take up their freedoms; to accumulate that sum by a weekly subscription which they could not at once command out of their own pockets, and the want of which had heretofore in a great measure placed them in the power of those who would only advance the money for them to obtain a promise of their votes at the election?

    Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. — Volume 2

  • The freemen were the inhabitants of chartered towns, and in some countries the yeomanry, or small farmers, who did not hold their lands by a regular feudal tenure.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • That in some countries the laboring poor were called freemen, in others they were called slaves: but that the difference as to the state was imaginary only.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4

  • Therefore the State in which are the laborers called freemen, should be taxed no more than that in which are those called slaves.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4

  • The mass are described as freemen, voting together in the great assemblies of the tribe, and choosing their own leaders or kings from the class of nobles, who were nobles not as constituting a distinct and privileged caste.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 5, May, 1884


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