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Wed, 03.25.1807

The British Slave Trade Act is Passed

*On this date in 1807, The Slave Trade Act was passed.  officially An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade was a bill of the Parliament of the United Kingdom prohibiting the slave trade in the British Empire.  

It did not abolish the practice of slavery, it encouraged British action to press other nation-states to abolish their own slave trades.  Many of the supporters thought the Act would lead to the end of slavery.  

Slavery on English soil was unsupported in English law and that position was confirmed in the Somerset's case in 1772, but it remained legal in most of the British Empire until the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833

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The sale began-young girls were there, Defenseless in their wretchedness, Whose stifled sobs of deep despair Revealed their anguish and distress. And Mothers stood with streaming eyes, And saw their dearest children... THE SLAVE AUCTION by Frances E. W. Harper.
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