Slavery Facts – 115 Unknown Facts About Slavery
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Facts About Slavery in America
Slavery was never widespread in Northern States of America.
By 1750, slavery was legal in all 13 American colonies and profits of West Indian plantations and slave trade amounted to 5% of British economy at the time of Industrial Revolution.
Northern States between 1774 and 1804 abolished slavery.
The main factor for America’s declaration of independence was slavery more than taxes.
Southern states were long resisting the North’s call of independence but in 1775, when British ruled that slaves could not be held in UK against their will, the southern states feared that it would be applied to its colonies; hence they swung behind the Northern push for greater autonomy.
South was one of the anti-tax regions because it wanted to maintain economic oppression.
During the American Revolution (1775-83), the 13 American colonies got independence from the Britain.
During the Revolutionary War nearly 5,000 black soldiers and sailors fought on the American side.
After the American Revolution, colonists called for slavery abolition as they began to link the oppression of black slaves to their own oppression by the British.
As early as the 1780s, antislavery northerners began to help fugitive slaves to escape southern plantations to the North via a loose network of safe houses.