Colonial Williamsburg's Electronic Field Trip About Slavery

More than 50 years before the Emancipation Proclamation, Congress outlawed the importation of slaves into the United States. Though the international slave trade was illegal in both the United States and Great Britain in 1808, the practice of importing human beings continued. The Slave Trade, part of Colonial Williamsburg's Emmy Award-winning live, interactive Electronic Field Trip series, explores why the transatlantic slave trade was so difficult to stop, how slave traders circumvented the law, and what methods were used by those who worked tirelessly to enforce the new law. The Slave Trade premieres February 15, 2007, and is available nationally on many PBS stations. For more information, visit

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