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01/01/1808 Congress prohibits importation of slaves

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On This Day - January 1 - The importation of slaves into the U.S. was banned

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March 2, 1807 - Congress Bans International Slave Trade

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.
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