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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Newport grew prosperous through trading, including a substantial slave trade. Cornelia Dean, New York Times, "‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas," 8 July 2019 Their journey is chronicled in a new documentary exploring the horrific event in the historical context of race relations in the southern port city that served as a gateway to the African slave trade. Jeff Truesdell,, "New Documentary on Charleston Church Shooting Looks at Faith, Forgiveness 4 Years Later," 17 June 2019 More than one-third of the slaves taken from Africa during the slave trade were brought to Brazil to support the sugar economy. Stephanie Foden, National Geographic, "This Brazilian region is an African treasure on the other side of the Atlantic," 18 Mar. 2019 Among those men and women, some were born in Africa and sold into the slave trade, but others were of the second or third generation of people enslaved in the Chesapeake region. Karin Wulf, Smithsonian, "This Long-Ignored Document, Written by George Washington, Lays Bare the Legal Power of Geneaology," 18 June 2019 The financialization of slave-assets thus allowed profiting from slavery even in places that had formally outlawed the slave trade—as had the United States, in 1808. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery," 11 June 2019 With exhibitions that highlight slave trades of the past and present, the center presents interactive exhibits, films, and even includes a slave pen from Kentucky built in the early 1800s. National Geographic, "13 destinations for African-American history and culture," 23 May 2019 At the end of Dexter Avenue is the Court Square Fountain, once the site of a slave trade. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "“I Now Have the Perspective of Both Sides”: 18 Voting Officials Take Civil Rights Tour," 13 May 2019 Anyone who has kept any type of pulse on civil rights and the black human condition in the United States since the transatlantic slave trade would understand the need to emphasize the protection of black bodies. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Stop Saying "All Lives Matter"," 16 Apr. 2019

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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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