As a result of this were still slaves in New Jersey into the 1850s.

Second "Straw" -The Moral issues of slavery. Slavery was more than a political problem that divided the north from the south. It was also a moral problem that divided the regions. By the early 1800s, strong moral arguments were created for both sides.

They all had reservations about slavery, including the moral issues.

The compromise was that a decission on the future of slavery wold be deferred.

Obstacles to theremoval of slavery:

- Outram: the 18th century was the peak time forslavery in the – slaves were taken from to (by ),and to the English colonies in … Sugar,tobacco, coffee, and indigo were all very profitable, demand seemed insatiable,and there was a seemingly inexhaustible supply of cheap labour.

The Morality and Legality of Slavery

- though the constitution declared all men are createdequal, it also had clauses that perpetuated slavery: five slaves were countedas equivalent to three white men for the purposes of taxation (I have seen thisdefended as simply acknowledging that slaves were more poor…); it allowed theimportation of slaves for 20 more years (defended by Madison as better than notputting a time limit); and it required the return of escaped slaves to theirowners…

Subsequent history was a series of compromises meant to difuse the issue.

The history of slavery in Texas began slowly, ..

In 1825, a ship operated by the U.S. Revenue seized a slave ship, the Antelope, sailing under a Venezuelan flag with a cargo of 281 Africans. The case was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a unanimous opinion declaring the slave trade to be a violation of natural law. Only some of the Africans were set free, however, since the ruling also held that the U.S. could not prescribe law for other nations, and the slave trade was legal in Spain, Portugal and Venezuela. The 39 Africans designated by the court as property of Spain and the Antelope itself were restored to their owners.

Issues of the American Civil War - Wikipedia

The Compromise of 1850 admitted California as a free state; voters in New Mexico and Utah territories would decide whether they would be slave or free upon applying for statehood.

Chattel slavery was only the first stage of institutionalized racial subordination.

Now Linclon saw the possibility of slavery expanding.


The debate over slavery in the United States did not begin with the Constitutinal Convention (1787), but it was here that the issue first came to the fore.

Millions of Africans were transported across the Atlantic and sold into slavery in the Americas.

Slavery issue legal definition of Slavery issue

- Methodists in 1780: slavery is ‘contrary to the laws of God, man, and nature, and hurtful to society,contrary to the dictate of conscience and pure religion.’ (Himmelfarb p222) Methodist preachers freed their own slaves and called on theirparishioners to do so (presumably Quakers never had any!) In 1784 they bannedslave-owners from congregations.

Many slaves gained their freedom as a result of their military servive on both sides.

This page gives an overview of slavery in the United States

In 1820, the Missouri Compromise brought Missouri and Maine into the Union. By this time more than 20,000 Indians lived in virtual slavery on California missions. The same year, Congress made trade in foreign slaves an act of piracy.