"legislation with regard to emamncipation is particularly significant as showing the trend of policy in the South and answering the question whether the trend of law was towards freedom or away from it and therefore whether slavery would ultimately have been abolished by the South if it had been left to itself...Thus on all the territory subsequently covered by the southern States, with the exception of Florida, provision was made by law for voluntary manumission, and although in some cases the law was restrictive, manumission was not prohibited. A Florida law of 1829 is the one act of this period which positively forbade manumission by the owner." Chapters in History of Social Legislation in the United States to 1860 by Henry W. Farnam, Clive Day. 1902.
The 1830s was the period when the attitudes towards emancipation evaporated across the slave South, and thus can be aligned with the period of agressive abolitionist and dis-union movements plus the secession movements of South Carolina over nullification.