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Slavery in the United States (Topic)

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Slavery in the United States was the legal institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of Africans and African Americans, that existed in the United States of America from the beginning of the nation in 1776 until passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865. Slavery had been practiced in British America from early colonial days, and was legal in all thirteen colonies at the time of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. An enslaved person was legally a type of property and could be bought, sold, or given away like other personal property. Like a horse, a capable enslaved person could be worked, and they could be bred for the production of new enslaved people. Slavery lasted in about half the states until 1865. As an economic system, slavery was largely replaced by sharecropping and convict leasing.

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