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What’s new … A Guide to the History of Slavery in Maryland

A Guide to the History of Slavery in Maryland has been added as an e-resource to the library’s collection. Per the introduction, this publication “provides a brief, but comprehensive, overview of the history of slavery in the state. Built upon the most recent scholarship, this guide offers teachers and students a starting point from which to begin their own exploration of an institution, that, in so many ways, has shaped the modern world.”

The 2020 version of the book is available online, free of charge, via the Maryland State Archives. The book is available for checkout at the Anne Arundel Public Library. It can be purchased from the Maryland State Archives, Amazon, or other local booksellers.

Also of interest is the Maryland State Archives Presents: Legacy of Slavery in Maryland. This website provides access to “case studies” such as Stories of Flight or Blacks in Annapolis, interactive maps allows research by name or place and resources include the Guide to African American Families and Census Data.

All of these resources provide access to the many treasures to be found in the Maryland State Archives that shed light on slavery and the history of Maryland. There are links to documents and the photos and illustrations really bring the information alive. As Black History Month comes to a close, a virtual visit to the Maryland State Archives via A Guide to the History of Slavery in Maryland and the Maryland State Archives Presents: Legacy of Slavery in Maryland is highly recommended.

By Joan Bellistri

Law Library Director for the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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