The Compensated Emancipation Act

Tax filers have noticed that this year they have an extra couple of days to send in their papers and payments, thanks to a Washington holiday celebrating compensated emancipation in April, 1862.

The federal government ransomed District slaves for a price of $300 a head. liberating 3,100 souls, according to this government website. The freed were then offered $100 to emigrate outside the U.S.; it would be nice to see the payment figures for that expense to see how many ex-slaves took up the offer.

The Compensated Emancipation Act - Nevada's on board with that, too.