Labor History in 2:00

March 2 - Thomas Jefferson Signs Law Outlawing Slave Trade

March 2, 2020

On this day in Labor History the year was 1807. That was the day that President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation outlawing the trans-Atlantic slave trade from bringing enslaved Africans to the United States. At the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, the authors had decided to revisit the question of slavery after two decades.