Throughout the 17th century, there were slaves found in every colony of what is now the United States. The Southern colonies held the most slaves due to the economic situation of the period that was based upon agricultur... More »

The Middle Colonies were Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. These states comprised the middle region of the United States in pre-Revolutionary War America. More »

The northern and southern colonies differed in the level of public participation in government and in the religious, social and economic factors that influenced policy. The northern states, particularly those that make u... More »

Many people assume that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, but the last slaves in the United States weren't freed until nearly three years later, on June 19, 1865, otherwise known as "Juneteenth." It is al... More »

The slave trade compromise restricted the number of slaves counted toward representation and taxation to 3/5 the total number of slaves and prohibited congress from outlawing slavery before 1808. This compromise allowed ... More »

One of the major effects of the cotton gin on slavery was the increased need for slaves to keep up with the profitability that came with its invention. Before the gin was invented, cotton was not considered a money-makin... More »

While the King of England appointed governors over the 13 colonies, each colony essentially ruled itself. The British governors ensured that taxes were paid to England under orders of the king. More »