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Slavery in the United States


Roots: The System of American Slavery | History


Slavery in the U.S., by the numbers


Slavery in America: the US commemorates the arrival of the first African slaves in 1619


The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | The Cotton Economy and Slavery, Episode 2 | PBS


Abolition of Slavery Map: United States

Slavery in the United States was the legal institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of Africans and African Americans, that existed in the United States of America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Slavery had been practiced in British America from early colonial days, and was legal in all Thirteen Colonies at the time of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It lasted in about half the states until 1865, when it was prohibited nationally by the Thirteenth Amendment. As an economic system, slavery was largely replaced by sharecropping.
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    • Origins 

    • Revolutionary era 

    • 1790 to 1860 

    • Agitation against slavery 

    • Economics 

    • 1850s 

    • Civil War and emancipation 

    • Reconstruction to present 

    • Native Americans 

    • Black slave owners 

    • Barbary pirates 

    • Distribution 

    • Historiography 

    • Bibliography