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Slavery and the Making of AmericaDramatic re-enactment of slaves being transported on a boat
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Importation's End
The Northwest Ordinance forbids slavery, except as criminal punishment, in the Northwest Territory (later Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin). Residents of the territory are required to return fugitive slaves.

The U.S. Constitution is drafted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Black preacher Richard Allen founds the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Prince Hall founds the first black fraternal organization, the African Mason Lodge, in Boston, Massachusetts. It provides services to the black community and lobbies against slavery and discrimination.

Rhode Island forbids residents from participating in the slave trade.

Delaware regulates interstate slave trade.

South Carolina ends domestic and international slave trade.

North Carolina levies a prohibitive duty on imported African slaves.

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