The Slave Trade in the District of Columbia: When DC was part of the South
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The foreign slave trade (bringing new slaves into the United States from outside nations) was abolished by an Act of Congress in 1808. The domestic slave trade, meaning the sale of slaves from one area of the country to another, remained active and legal.
Slave auctions in the nationís capital were a moral affront to abolitionists and most Northerners. Other nations had abolished the institution of slaveryóBritain in 1807, much of the remainder of Europe in the Congress of Vienna in 1815, and most Latin American nations in the years following independence from Spain.
The Southerners were equally indignant. Slaves were property pure and simple. Many Southern Congressmen had brought their domestic slaves with them to their residences in Washington, D.C. and believed they were entitled to purchase additional slaves as needed.
The Compromise of 1850 was achieved, in part, by terminating the sale of slaves in the District of Columbia, but allowing the institution of slavery to continue untouched.
Abolition in the District of Columbia
... imagine slavery existing throughout the country, or in the District of Columbia, the nation's capital. President Abraham Lincoln felt this all his life. On April 16, 1862, he signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, an ...
Presidential Public Appearances in the District of Columbia
... Links Presidential Libraries UCSB: PS 157 Public Appearances in the District of Columbia Hoover - Clinton President Year Total Term Total Monthly Average Yearly Average Hoover 1929 †11 1930 †28 1931 †16 1932-33 †24 79 1.6 20 Roosevelt I 1933 ...
The Slave Trade
... Africans were transported across the Atlantic to the Western Hemisphere in the 400 years from 1450 to 1850. Of this number, only about five per cent were brought to British North America and, later, to the United States from Africa, most of ...