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By Cynthia Mestad Johnson

Over thirty thousand slaves have been dropped at the shorelines of colonial the United States on ships owned and captained through James DeWolf. whilst the us took motion to abolish slavery, this Bristol local manipulated the criminal approach and have become actively occupied with Rhode Island politics with a view to pursue his buying and selling ventures. He served as a member of the home of Representatives within the country of Rhode Island and as a usa senator, all whereas carrying on with the slave exchange years after passage of the Federal Slave alternate Act of 1808. DeWolf's political energy and vital function in maintaining the state's financial system allowed him to ward off prosecution from neighborhood and federal authorities--even on counts of homicide. via archival documents, writer Cynthia Mestad Johnson uncovers the secrets and techniques of James DeWolf and tells an unsettling tale of corruption and exploitation within the Ocean kingdom from slave ships to politics.

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