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SLAVE TRADE, criminal law. The infamous traffic in human flesh, which though not prohibited by the law of nations, is now forbidden by the laws and treaties of most civilized states.
     2. By the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 9, it is provided, that the "migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing (in 1789,) shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the congress, prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight." Previously to that date several laws were enacted, which it is not within the plan of this work to cite at large or to analyze; they are here referred to, namely; act of 1794, c. 11, 1 Story's laws U. S. 319; act of 1800, c. 51, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 780 act of 1803, c. 63, 2 Story's Laws U. S 886; act of 1807, c. 77, 2 Story's Laws U. S. 1050; these several acts forbid citizens of the United States, under certain circumstances, to equip or build vessels for the purpose of carrying on the slave trade, and the last mentioned act makes it highly penal to import slaves into the United States after the first day of January, 1808. The act of 1818, c. 86, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1698 the act of 1819, c. 224, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1752; and the act of 1820, c. 113, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1798, contain further prohibition of the slave trade, and punish tho violation of their several provisions with the highest penalties of the law. Vide, generally, 10 Wheat. R. 66; 2 Mason, R. 409; 1 Acton, 240; 1 Dodson, 81, 91, 95; 2 Dodson, 238; 6 Mass. R. 358; 2 Cranch, 336; 3 Dall. R. 297; 1 Wash. C. C. Rep. 522; 4 Id. 91; 3 Mason, R. 175; 9 Wheat. R. 391; 6 Cranch, 330; 5 Wheat. R. 338; 8 Id. 380; 10 Id. 312; 1 Kent, Com. 191.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This article presents evidence on the process through which some Spaniards successfully became slave traders, launching slave voyages out of Cuba on a regular basis in a context of economic and legal change.
And in any case the involvement of some Africans in the slave trade is not only an internal African matter, it also does not exonerate the foreign slave traders from blame, to the extent of excusing them from paying reparations.
Or local African elites and coastal slave traders? Or coastal slave traders and the international slave traders?
Smallwood acknowledges larger, more comprehensive studies of the Atlantic slave trade, but notes that these histories focus methodologically upon the extensive quantitative records collected by traders and reflect the slave traders' perspective.
The slave traders lost their biggest justification for the "toleration" of slavery in the national interest and now the "gradual" abolition of slavery appeared more immediate on the horizon.
PRINCETON - James DeWolf Perry V remembers his father talking about James DeWolf, his great-great-great-great grandfather, as "having been a slave trader, among his many other businesses."
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Turner's painting The Slave Ship, which courted controversy with its portrayal of slave traders throwing their dying cargo to claim insurance money.
LIVERPOOL'S civic dignitaries have got themselves into a right state over renaming streets called after slave traders. As the city's fortune was based on the trade in the 18th Century, it seems a rather futile and hypocritical way of attempting to rewrite history.
The President of Benin has also apologised for his country's role in selling Africans to the slave traders. 'We must acknowledge our share of the responsibility in order to start afresh and pursue our goals towards progress.
Pellow and his fellow seamen were captured by Barbary corsairs: a network of Islamic slave traders who had declared war on Christendom and who had been attacking European countries and enslaving thousands of Europeans.