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A commercial convention focusing on the slave trade opens in Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg, circa 1863
05/09/1859
The Vicksburg Convention opened in Mississippi with a focus on the future of the slave trade. Deep South states dominated the representation and as early as the second day resolutions calling for the lifting of all restrictions on the African slave trade were proposed. The meeting lasted until May 19, 1859. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Benson J. Lossing, Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History From 458 A.D. to 1902, Volume IX (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902), 421.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois,The Suppression of the African Slave-trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870 (New York: Longmans, Green, 1896), 172-173.

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