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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

"Rhode Island abolished slavery in 1774. It was followed by Vermont (1777), Pennsylvania (1780), Massachusetts (1781), New Hampshire (1783), Connecticut (1784), New York (1799) and New Jersey (1804). The new states of Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon, California and Illinois also did not have slaves. The importation of slaves from other countries was banned in 1808. However, the selling of slaves within the southern states continued.

Conflict grew between the northern and southern states over the issue of slavery. The northern states were going through an industrial revolution and desperately needed more people to work in its factories. Industrialists in the North believed that, if freed, the slaves would leave the South and provide the labour they needed. The North also wanted tariffs on imported foreign goods to protect their new industries. The South was still mainly agricultural and purchased a lot of goods from abroad and was therefore against import tariffs.

The vast majority of European immigrants that arrived at the beginning of the 19th century opposed slavery. Leaders of immigrant organizations such as Carl Schurz (Germany),Tufve Nilsson Hasselquist (Sweden) and Hans Christian Heg (Norway) became involved in the struggle for abolition…"
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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

During Confederate General Price's raid of MO in 1864, You could be shot for being foreign born.

Blutarski18 Mar 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

There was a significant wave of immigration to the USA by political refugees in the wake of the collapse/suppression of the Socialist revolutionary uprisings that swept continental Europe in 1849 and thereabouts.


Weddier18 Mar 2018 10:54 a.m. PST

Anti-slavery was an easy choice for labor advocates; slavery kept wages down.

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