slave trade

noun

Definition of slave trade 

: traffic in slaves especially : the buying and selling of blacks for profit prior to the American Civil War

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While slavery was still legal in the South at that time, the slave trade itself had been outlawed for over 52 years in the U.S., meaning importing slaves was a serious violation of federal law. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Reporter Might Have Discovered Wreck of Last-Known American Slave Ship," 24 Jan. 2018 Two Founding Fathers from Pennsylvania, Benjamin Rush and James Wilson, were sure that terminating the slave trade would lead to the demise of slavery. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘No Property in Man’ and ‘The War Before the War’ Review: The Fuse the Founders Lit," 22 Nov. 2018 With the rise of the Atlantic slave trade, color comes to be very, very important in the Western world. Sean Illing, Vox, "Kwame Anthony Appiah on how identity defines and distorts our politics.," 2 Nov. 2018 Pepper corns, cowry shells used in the slave trade and bronze artillery pieces litter the wreck site. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stunning shipwreck discovery: 400-year-old wreck thrills experts," 25 Sep. 2018 The slave trade had been outlawed for more than 50 years by the time he was captured and sent across the Atlantic in 1860 to Alabama. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 Some West Africans captured in the slave trade brought the sickle cell mutation to the Americas. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "How One Child’s Sickle Cell Mutation Helped Protect the World From Malaria," 8 Mar. 2018 Merchants who grew wealthy from the slave trade founded and endowed several Ivy League colleges, some of which have distanced themselves from these legacies in the last 15 years or so. New York Times, "Boston Grapples With Faneuil Hall, Named for a Slaveholder," 6 June 2018 The city was once a key seaport in the slave trade, a location where some 40 percent of enslaved people first set foot on American soil. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Charleston, SC, Apologizes for Its Role During the Slave Trade in City Council Resolution," 20 June 2018

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1734, in the meaning defined above

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slave trade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slave trade

: the activity or business of buying and selling slaves

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