Slaveryin America was introduced in the early seventeenth century and continued itspresence through to 1865. Following the American Revolution, a lot of colonistsfrom the North began to notice the wrong doing in using people as slaves tocomplete labour. This led to the Slave Trade being made illegal in theNorthwest Territory in 1787, it was not however banned until years after due tothe terms of the US constitution, in which congress were not able to entirelyban the slave trade. Due to the conditions in the South, agriculture began totake off accompanied by Whitney’s invention of the Cotton Gin in 1793.
Thesefactors greatly increased the demand for Slaves and the labour that they couldbe used for, particularly in the Southern states causing many to flee inattempt to escape. A law was passed in the same year as the invention of theCotton Gin which meant that slaves that had managed to escape were to bereturned to their place of work. In 1808, another large step towards the abolitionof the slave trade took place where,