slave trade


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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Recent Examples on the Web In Edinburgh, authorities proposed the addition of a plaque to a statue of Henry Dundas, a politician who delayed the abolition of the slave trade. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "How Statues in Britain Began to Fall," 22 June 2020 The decision comes after two British companies on Thursday promised to financially support projects assisting minorities after being called out for past roles in the slave trade., "African states seek UN report on racism after Floyd killing," 19 June 2020 British companies Lloyd's of London, the world's oldest insurance market, and pub chain Greene King acknowledged their ties to the slave trade earlier this week. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Bank of England joins British companies in apologizing for slavery," 19 June 2020 James Walvin, an emeritus professor of history at the University of York who studies the slave trade, says. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "George Floyd protests force Britain to reckon with its role in slavery, leading some companies to pay reparations," 18 June 2020 The page cited British involvement in the slave trade as explanation for the claim posted on its page. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: The Irish were indentured servants, not slaves," 17 Mar. 2015 Prior to the Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson, who authored the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, vehemently condemned King George III over England's participation in the slave trade within the declaration's first draft. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Tim Kaine: The United States 'created' slavery," 16 June 2020 The statue was not put up until 1895, a century and a half after his death and long after Britain had abolished the slave trade in its colonies. The Economist, "Black Lives Matter protests The Colston statue and Britain’s legacy of slavery," 13 June 2020 Similar efforts are unfolding in Britain, where at least two statues of prominent figures connected to the slave trade have been taken down by protesters or city officials. Washington Post, "As protests grow, Belgium faces its racist colonial past," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of slave trade

1734, in the meaning defined above

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“Slave trade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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: the activity or business of buying and selling slaves

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