Slavery

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The Origins of Slavery in Virginia

For years a Dutch ship was credited with bringing the first slaves to Virginia in 1619. Latest scholarship indicates that two English pirate ships intercepted a Portuguese ship in the Gulf of Mexico,
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The Forks of the Road Slave Market at Natchez

In the decades prior to the American Civil War, market places where enslaved Africans were bought and sold could be found in every town of any size in Mississippi. Natchez was unquestionably the stat
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Slavery in Early Texas

The history of slavery in Texas, so far as it is of interest to us, began with the year 1821, when Moses Austin received permission to plant an Anglo-American colony on the banks of the Colorado and t
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Slavery in Antebellum Georgia

When the Georgia Trustees first envisioned their colonial experiment in the early 1730s, they banned slavery in order to avoid the slave-based plantation economy that had developed in other colonies i
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South Carolina's Lowcountry: A Port of Entry for Enslaved Africans

South Carolina’s Lowcountry holds a major place of importance in African-American history for many reasons, but perhaps most importantly as a port of entry for people of African descent. Accordi
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Timeline of Compromises over Slavery

From the nation’s very inception, the existence of slavery stood in glaring contrast to the ideals of liberty and justice expressed in the preamble to the Constitution. The Constitution itself p
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The growth of slavery in North Carolina

Slavery has been part of North Carolina’s history since its settlement by Europeans in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Many of the first slaves in North Carolina were brought to the colony from the
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Thomas Jefferson and Slavery

Throughout his entire life, Thomas Jefferson was a consistent opponent of slavery. Calling it a “moral depravity” and a “hideous blot,” he believed that slavery presented the greatest threat
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Slavery in America: The Montgomery, Alabama Slave Trade

Slavery in America: The Montgomery Slave Trade documents American slavery and Montgomery’s prominent role in the domestic slave trade. The report is part of EJI’s project focused on developing
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Slavery in Arkansas

American chattel slavery was a unique institution that emerged in the English colonies in America in the seventeenth century. Enslaved peoples were held involuntarily as property by slave owners who c
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Slavery in Charleston: A chronicle of human bondage in the Holy City

Charles Carleton Coffin would be haunted by the sight for the rest of his life. Behind the iron gate of the “MART,” Coffin found a long hall lined with benches down one wall, a platform on
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The Case for Ending Slavery

Slavery existed in the United States even before the United States existed as a nation, but slavery had not always divided northern and southern states from each other. How the United States transform