ARTICLE | “Principally Children”: Kidnapping, Child Trafficking, and the Mission of Early National Antislavery Activism | The Journal of American History | by Richard Bell

“Specifically, this essay demonstrates that demand for malleable and submissive young laborers in the cotton kingdom quickly rising along the nation’s southwest border in the three decades following the end of the War of 1812 was robust and sustained and that, in order to participate in and profit from that lucrative market, gangs of child snatchers turned the early republic’s northern towns and cities into their hunting grounds.” Read More

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