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The domestic slave trade within the United States did not begin, as is often assumed, with the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 1807. It originated half a century earlier in the 1760s, and overlapped with the trade from Africa. It was extensive even between 1787 and 1807, a period in which more Africans were forced to these shores than in any two decades in North American history. The domestic trade continued into the 1860s and displaced some 1.2 million men, women, and children, the vast majority of whom were born in America.

At the cost of immense human suffering, this forced migration unlocked a great reservoir of labor and made possible the rapid expansion of the "Peculiar Institution." The domestic slave trade brought misery, separating families and increasing the climate of insecurity in the community.

It also distributed the African-American population throughout the South in a migration that greatly surpassed in volume the transatlantic slave trade to North America.

The Domestic Slave TradeThe Domestic Slave Trade by Michael Tadman, University of Liverpool
Annual Report of the American Anti-Slavery Society (27th and 28th reports, 1860-61)Annual Report of the American Anti-Slavery Society (27th and 28th reports, 1860-61)

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