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Ethical US consumers struggled to pressure the sugar industry to abandon slavery with less success than their British counterparts

By Calvin Schermerhorn, Professor of History, Arizona State University
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Twenty-two-year-old Sam Watts saw the Virginia coastline vanish while he was aboard a domestic slave ship in the fall of 1831. Andrew Jackson was president, and slave traders had bought Watts for US$450 (about $14,500 in 2022 dollars). They were ripping him from…The Conversation


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