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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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 Inside, a group called Studio Gang brought 800 stones from a 19th century landing in Memphis linked to the slave trade. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Real-world debates permeate Venice Biennale on architecture," 25 May 2018 Through text, artifacts, photos, and new technology, the Museum tells the story of the domestic slave trade and its aftermath. Linda Matchan,, "A sculpture’s trans-Atlantic passage from Ghana to Alabama," 31 May 2018 Ice cream became less expensive, as the cost of sugar plummeted with the expansion of the slave trade. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 The city council of South Carolina’s oldest and largest city has approved a resolution that condemns its support of centuries of the slave trade. Paula Rogo,, "Charleston, South Carolina Formally Apologizes For Its Role in Slavery," 21 June 2018 Bernard explains that Hurston uses her book to change the traditional narrative of the slave trade. Press Release, The New Republic, "The New Republic July/August Issue: Good Cops," 21 June 2018 An outspoken Nigerian senator offered West a trip to several/any/all the slave ports on the continent for an education on slavery and the slave trade. Angela Helm, The Root, "Nigerian Lawmaker Offers Kanye a Trip to Africa to Help Him Gather His Senses on Slavery," 5 May 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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