Slavery in maryland Essay

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slavery in maryland



slavery in maryland

The end of the war brought a spirit of hope to the people in the country. The state of
Maryland responded with new projects and reform throughout the state. Along with the
political and social reforms came reform in agriculture, one of Maryland's main economic
resources. However, agriculture is closely tied with slavery. The slavery system at this
time grew more humane in comparison with the previous eras (235). With a seemingly more
lenient system, Maryland earned its reputation as having a mildly abusive system. This
doesn't mean that abuse didn't occur. Those enchained under the system in Maryland still
suffered physical, mental, and even sexual abuses.

Although slavery may have seemed like a part of a political program to help the economics
of the state, the reality of it is abuse and suffering. Overall, Maryland did live up to
its reputation of a middle temperament state in terms of slavery. "Maryland law limited
the master to ten lashes, prohibited him from abusing slaves, and required him to supply
blacks…with adequate food, clothing, shelter, and rest" (236). However, limited abuse
does not equate to absence of abuse. There were many shocking accounts of brutal physical
abuse in the state. One slave recalls his master who considered "whipping as essential to
the good of the soul as the body" (237). It was the only method of control and authority
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