School Improvement in Maryland

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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 4. Analyze how the institution of slavery impacted individuals and groups in Maryland

Objective b. Describe the anti-slavery movement in Maryland

Explain to students the purpose and work of the Maryland State Colonization Society, including the purported benefits of colonization to both whites and blacks. Show students the location of Liberia relative to Maryland. You may also show them image of Liberia Remind students of the experiences of enslaved African Americans and free blacks in Maryland in the early to mid nineteenth century. Ask students to create posters to recruit Maryland's free blacks to emigrate to Maryland in Liberia. Then, ask students to assume the identity of either a free black person or an enslaved person who has been offered freedom if he emigrates to Liberia. Using this identity, have students write a brief letter to the Maryland State Colonization Society either accepting or rejecting the offer of transportation to Maryland in Liberia and providing reasons for their decision.

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