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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On the Senate side, reaction to the Libyan slave trade has been more piecemeal. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Libyan Slavery Is Wrong, and It’s Partly America’s Fault. So Why Aren’t We Doing More About It?," 8 Jan. 2018 Beyond the slave trade, Ogu land is also noted for the voodoo widely practiced there. Sam Olukoya, Fox News, "In Nigeria, voodoo festival shows strength of traditions," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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1734, in the meaning defined above

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: the activity or business of buying and selling slaves

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