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Slavery and the Making of AmericaDramatic re-enactment of slaves being transported on a boat
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

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Forms of Opposition
1848
Anti-slavery groups organize the Free Soil Party, a group opposed to the westward expansion of slavery from which the Republican Party will later be born.

1848
Seneca Falls, New York, hosts the first Women's Rights Convention. Women's rights activists, such as Amy Post, Angelina Grimke, and Susan B. Anthony, become outspoken opponents of slavery.

1848
Rhode Island passes a personal liberty law.

1848
Connecticut law prohibits slavery entirely.

1848
South Carolina removes restraints on interstates slave trade.

1849
Liberia is recognized as a sovereign state by Britain. Joseph Jenkins Roberts, the son of free Virginian blacks, becomes the first president.

1849
Virginia passes a law permitting the emancipation of any slave by will or deed.

1849
Kentucky removes restraints on interstate slave trade.

1849-1850
Blacks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, protect themselves against attacks by white mobs.

1850
Approximately 300 Seminoles and blacks in Texas head to Mexico, where enslavement is prohibited, inspiring others to follow.

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