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New York and the Illegal Slave Trade During the Civil War Era

May 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New York was the last slaving port in the Americas. Long after Congress banned the trade, hundreds of ships were leaving the wharfs of Manhattan bound for the African coast. This talk, drawn from the author’s new book, The Last Slave Ships (Yale University Press), describes who ran the trade and how, why law enforcement was complicit, and the reasons why Abraham Lincoln’s Republic Party squashed the trade during the Civil War.

The talk is presented through the Hudson River Maritime Museum, beginning at 7:00 PM via Zoom. There is a $5.00 fee for non-members. Register at


Presented by Dr, John Harris, assistant professor of history at Erskine College.


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May 19, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
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