This chapter describes three events. The first is Republican representative from New York James Tallmadge Jr.'s proposed amendment to the to the bill seeking to grant statehood to Missouri. On February 13, 1819, he proposed that “the further introduction of slavery or involuntary servitude be prohibited” in Missouri as a condition for its entry into the union and that “all children of slaves, born within the said state, after admission thereof into the union, shall be free at the age of twenty-five years.” The second is the discovery in June 1991 in Lower Manhattan of the remains of four hundred Africans, mostly slaves, some of whom had been buried as early as the 1690s. The third is Barack Hussein Obama's inauguration as the forty-fourth president of the United States on January 20, 2009.
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