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Daily Black History Facts for March 2nd
1807: Slave trade was outlawed by U.S. Congress. 47
Geo 3 Sess 1 c 36, sometimes called the Slave Trade Act, the Slave Trade Act 1807 or the Abolition of the S..., was an Act of the Parliament of the
United Kingdom passed on 25 March 1807, with the title of “An Act for
the Abolition of the Slave Trade”. The original act is in the Parliamentary
Archives. The act abolished the slave trade in the British Empire, in particular
the Atlantic slave trade, and also encouraged British action to press other
European nations to abolish their slaves trades; but it did not abolish slavery
itself. Many of the Bill’s supporters thought the Act would lead to the death
of slavery, but it was not until 26 years later that slavery itself was actually
abolished. Slavery on English soil was unsupported in English law and that
position was confirmed in Somersett’s Case in 1772, but it remained legal in
most of the British Empire until the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.
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