History of Slavery

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    Slavery over the Years

    The rise and fall of slavery
  • Arrival of First Slaves

    The first slaves came to America in 1619
  • First Rebellion Attempt

    The first documented attempt at a rebellion by slaves took place in Gloucester County, Virginia.
  • First legal slave

    John Casor, a black man, became the first legally-recognized slave-for-life in the Virginia colony.
  • Abolitionist Society created

    Abolitionist Society Anthony Benezet of Philadelphia founds the world’s first abolitionist society. Benjamin Franklin becomes its president in 1787.
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    American Revolution and Slaves

    British Freed slaves they met, Americans tried to recuit some to fight
  • Blacks allowed in Revolutionary War

    George Washington reversed previous policy and allowed the recruitment of blacks as soldiers. Some 5,000 would participate on the American side before the end of the Revolution.
  • Cotton Gin Invented

    Cotton Gin Invented
    Eli Whitney patents his device for pulling seeds from cotton. The invention turns cotton into the cash crop of the American South—and creates a huge demand for slave labor.
  • Dred Scott decision

    Dred Scott decision
    The 1857 Dred Scott decision, decided 7-2, held that a slave did not become free when taken into a free state
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    Civil War

    Civil war was aggrivated because of the opinons on slavery
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, after the Battle of Antietam, to go into effect January 1, 1863.
  • 13th Amendment

    Slavery Abolished The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution outlaws slavery.
  • Plessy vs Ferguson

    Plessy vs Ferguson
    This cases allowed the upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation even in public accommodations under the doctrine of "separate but equal".