Frederick Douglass: Son of Maryland

A celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass. Learn more about Frederick Douglass through documents from original government records and special collections at the Maryland State Archives.

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Regarding Maryland and Slavery...

It is generally supposed that slavery, in the state of Maryland, exists in its mildest form, and that it is totally divested of those harsh and terrible peculiarities, which mark and characterize the slave system, in the southern and southwestern states of the American union. The argument in favor of this opinion, is the contiguity of the free states, and the exposed condition of slavery in Maryland to the moral, religious and humane sentiment of the free states.