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19th Century Slave Trade

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman attended the Organization of American Historians meeting in Milwaukee to discuss the slave trade and the practice of kidnapping freeman from the north and sending them south. He also discussed the wide-spread practice of renting slaves, and how this tied non-slave owners to the slave system.

Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 12:07pm (ET)

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