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No. There was the west Africa squadron in the British Empire, long before abolition was seriously thought of in America, although the American navy also attempted to suppress the slave trade. [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Africa_Squadron It would be possible to see the Second World War as an anti-slavery war: it was fought to bring an end to the ...


The reason no such bill was brought forward was that the sense of the country was that Congress did not have the power to do any such thing. Congress did not have the power to force the states to free slaves. It did have the power to free slaves it "its own" area of the District - with compensation, and of course it was a Republican plank that Congress had ...

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