The Emancipation of Slaves in Civil-War Maryland: An American Epic

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Title: The Emancipation of Slaves in Civil-War Maryland: An American Epic
Author: Ness, Scott Harrison
Advisor: Lapsansky-Werner, Emma; Ullman, Sharon
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 290912 bytes18234 bytes
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: The story of Maryland’s polarized citizenry, and their journey to emancipation is an exciting model that many Civil War historians have explored. The state was the epitome of the “brother vs. brother” scenario often mentioned in reference to this conflict. However, the importance of the media, and of an editor’s influence in shaping public opinion is what this thesis adds to our understanding of how the “brother vs. brother” tensions were gradually put somewhat to rest. The Baltimore American is an invaluable resource for deconstructing the shifting loyalties of divided Marylanders and for examining the nuances of the eventual dominance of Unionist factions over politics and social policy.
Subject: Slaves -- Emancipation -- Maryland
Subject: Slavery -- Maryland -- History -- 19th century
Subject: Maryland -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
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