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Slavery in the United States began soon after English colonists first settled Virginia in 1607 and lasted as a legal institution until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865. It continues illegally to this day. Before the widespread establishment of chattel slavery, much labor was organized under a s...

Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge in 'Carmen Jones' 1954. From the "20th Century Black History" group on FLCKR.