Category: Slavery, United States of America

Categories: Slavery, The Atlantic | Slavery, Americas | African-American History | United States of America | US History

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Slavery by state/entity categorizes slaves, slave owners, and Slavery-related events in that location. Other principal subcategories are:

A Historical Perspective: The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807 (2 Stat. 426, enacted March 2, 1807) is a United States federal law that stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported into the United States. It took effect in 1808, the earliest date permitted by the United States Constitution.

This legislation was part of the general trend toward abolishing the international slave trade, which individual U.S. states had restricted during the American Revolution, and the national Congress first regulated against in the Slave Trade Act of 1794. The 1807 Act ended the legality of trade with the U.S. However, it was not always well enforced and slaves continued to be imported in limited numbers.

This also created a demand for "Black Farms" that is farms that specifically breed, and sold slaves for profit. Prior to this date, if the mother of a child was a slave and the father was freeman the child was a free person. Laws were changed to reverse this that is, If the mother was a slave the child was also a slave. It was not uncommon for the "master" of the plantation to father the "increase' of these farms, leading to the large "brown" population of American-Americans. Many of the slaves bred in America took on the last name of the plantation owner, and even kept that name after being freed, and moving away.

Slavery itself continued in the United States until the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The domestic trade inside the U.S. was unaffected by the 1807 law, except as mentioned above.

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