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A new generation of African American leadership emerges in several Northern cities, including Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. As free blacks and fugitive slaves seek full participation in American democracy, the establishment of black churches provides a forum for political organization, economic cooperation, resistance, and rebellion. The Haitian Revolution inspires slave rebellions throughout the South, and the end of the international slave trade strengthens the abolitionist movement. Elsewhere, the invention of the cotton gin creates increased profits for planters and fuels the expansion of slavery into the deep South and West, as the Louisiana Purchase expands the country's borders.
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