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The Vicksburg Convention focusing on the slave trade closes with a vote to end restrictions on the African slave trade

Vicksburg, circa 1863
05/19/1859
The Vicksburg Convention opened in Mississippi with a focus on the future of the slave trade.  At its close, after much debate, a motion to lift all restrictions on the slave trade was passed by a vote of 41-19. Almost all of the Deep South voted for the measure while the Tennessee delegates voted against, along with the Floridians, and some South Carolinians. The rest of the Upper South had by that time withdrawn from the meeting or had not been represented in the first place. (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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