The Supreme Court struggled to untangle the status of a “cargo” of Africans captured at sea a decade after the US outlawed the slave trade.
In March of 2014, an epidemic of the viral hemorrhagic disease Ebola began spreading in West Africa. By late summer and fall, Ebola had become pandemic in the region and became the focus of international concern.
On January 1, 1808, a new United States law prohibiting the international slave trade went into effect. The same law also strengthened punishments for Americans caught participating or financing the international trade.