Abolitionism

Events

Jefferson Bans Slavery Imports

1808

The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807 is a United States federal law that stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported into the United States.

Treaty of Ghent

1814

United States and England agree to try to end the slave trade in Treaty of Ghent.

The Missouri Compromise

1820

Following the addition of Missouri (a slave state) the Missouri Compromise was made so there wouldn't be an unbalance in amount of slave states vs free states represented in the US Government. The Missouri Compromise added Missouri (slave state) and Maine (free state) to the union.

New York Emancipates

1828

Rhode Island freed all slaves within its borders

Turner Rebeliion

1831

The Turner Rebellion took place in Virginia during August of 1831. It was the largest slave uprising, led by Nat Turner the rebellion killed more than 50 people.

Gag Rule

1836 - 1844

A series of congressional resolutions that tabled, without discussion, petitions regarding slavery

Lovejoy Murder

1837

Elijah P. Lovejoy was an abolitionist editor who was murdered due to mob violence against him. His death advanced the Northerners fight against slavery.

Rhode Island Emancipates

1842

Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863

The Emancipation Proclamation granted freedom to the slaves in the Confederate States if the States did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863. In addition, under this proclamation, freedom would only come to the slaves if the Union won the war.

Official End of Slavery (US)

1865

Slavery was formally ended in the United States in October 1865 with the ratification of the 13th amendment.