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01/01/1808 Congress prohibits importation of slaves

The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported into the USA. It was promoted by President Thomas Jefferson. However, the Act was not always well enforced and slaves continued to be smuggled in limited numbers.


  • Essentials 

  • Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves 

  • Background 

  • Passage of the Act 

  • Effectiveness and prosecutions for slaving 

  • Antebellum proposals by Fire-Eaters to reopen