Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Maryland and the moderate conundrum: Free black policy in an antebellum border state
by Kuhn, Talbot Anne, M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2015, 105; 1594944
Abstract (Summary)

The following examines the complexities of slavery in Maryland in the antebellum period and argues that as a result of Maryland's geographic location as a border between North and South, Maryland slaveholders desperately clung to the institution and attempted to shape their world into a slave society, regardless of the fact that slavery had long been dying out as an economic necessity. In the process, they called for federal protection of fugitive slave property, subscribed to a strict code of white southern conduct, and attempted to weed out any threat to slavery— mainly the state's large free black population. This concept is intended to argue against the idea that Maryland was a middling ground where ties to slavery were somehow weak or insignificant as a result of economic forces. As the Civil War approached, Maryland slaveholders in fact hardened the institution at the expense of Maryland's African American population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rubin, Anne S.
Commitee: Brown, Kate, Meringolo, Denise, Scott, Michele
School: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Department: Historical Studies
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history
Keywords: Antebellum, Maryland, Slaveholders, Slavery
Publication Number: 1594944
ISBN: 978-1-321-92695-8
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