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What was life like for enslaved persons and free blacks?

Use the links below or the navigation at the top to learn about slavery and the life of enslaved people and free blacks in Maryland.

  1. What is slavery?

  2. Have other countries ever had slavery?

  3. Did all enslaved people in the United States come from Africa?

  4. Were all Africans enslaved?

  5. Did all those enslaved live on plantations?

  6. Could any enslaved people read and write?

  7. When did slavery end in Maryland?

  8. If slavery was so horrible, why did it ever take place?

  9. What about the Declaration of Independence?
    It says that "all men are created equal" and that everyone has the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." How could we believe that and still allow slavery?

  10. Were there a great many people enslaved in Maryland?

  11. What about free blacks? How many people of African descent in Maryland were free?

  12. Were many children enslaved?

  13. Did enslaved people live in all parts of Maryland?

Why did those who were enslaved run away?

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