Lecture Description

This lecture helps us understand the relationships between slavery and the American Revolution. Finkelman notes that there was no meaningful antislavery movement in the Colonies or Great Britain on the eve of the Revolution. But during the Revolution and in its aftermath nine states (including the new states of Vermont and Ohio), either abolished slavery outright or set it on the road to extinction through gradual abolition statutes, Congress limited and then banned the African Slave Trade, and active antislavery movements emerged in the Northern states. These states also began to protect the civil and political rights of free African Americans, who voted, participated in public life, and even on a few occasions, held public office.


Revolutionary and Early National Slavery

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