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Underground Railroad: A Timeline from 1619 to 1865

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View a timeline of events related to slavery in the United States.

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Underground Railroad: A Timeline from 1619 to 1865

  1. 1. Slavery in the U.S. Timeline 1619 At Jamestown, Virginia, approximately 20 captive Africans are sold into slavery in the British North American colonies. 1787 Slavery was banned from the Northwest Territory which contained the land that became Ohio 1808 Congress banned bringing more slaves into the United States 1850 A Fugitive Slave Act passed Congress which had strong penalties for helping runaway slaves 1861 The south began the Civil War to protect their right to own slaves 1865 Slavery was abolished throughout the country with the passage of the 13th amendment to the U. S. Constitution