A Solution? Jefferson Proposes Abolition of the Slave Trade

At the end of the 18th century, Jefferson and many other Americans believed that stopping the import of enslaved people from Africa and the Caribbean would hasten the end of slavery.

In 1807, three weeks before Britain abolished the Atlantic slave trade, President Jefferson signed a law prohibiting “the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States."

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Stopping the import would make Jefferson's slaves more valuable.

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