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O. Pierre Havens

A Trade in Native-Born People

By the time the Atlantic slave trade was abolished in 1807, more than 80 percent of the enslaved population, like this family, was native-born. Although the illegal introduction of Africans continued until 1860, the immense majority of people displaced by the interregional trade were born in the United States.

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