Category: Government

Slavery Abolition Act. Photo Credit: © New York Public Library Digital Collections.

United Kingdom – Slavery Abolition Act 1833

The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 (3 & 4 Will. IV c. 73) abolished slavery in parts of the British Empire. This Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom expanded the jurisdiction of the Slave Trade Act 1807 and made the purchase or ownership of enslaved people illegal within the.. Read More…

Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves. Photo Credit: © New York Public Library Digital Collections.

United States – Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves

The United States Congress passed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves on February 13, 1807, and the legislation was signed by President Thomas Jefferson on March 2, 1807. This federal law then went into effect on January 1, 1808. The act affected only the import or export of enslaved Africans.. Read More…