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Investigate a Slavery Timeline

  • Before beginning work on the interactive, you may want to review these vocabulary terms.
  • Remember to share the information in the Help Section prior to starting the activity. Students can read and listen on-line, or you could print copies to read before, during, and after their work with this interactive.
  • Print the overview of the timeline. You might find it interactive to have on hand while students are exploring the interactive.
  • Students can click on specific dates on the timeline to read more information about each topic. This timeline is narrated, so students can choose to listen to the information as they read along.
  • An essay called "Slavery Comes to Maryland: A Brief Look" has been prepared for the site by David Taft Terry, Terry, Ph. D., Research Specialist in the History of Slavery at the Maryland State Archives. The essay provides extensive background about the history of slavery in general, slavery in Maryland, and the lives of Maryland slaves.
  • This interactive encourages users to read many primary source documents related to the beginnings of slavery in Maryland. The Help Section offers specific support for dealing with the language in which these documents were written.
  • You may want to direct students to gather information about other events in colonial Maryland to give context to the information contained in the slavery timeline. The Maryland State Archives has a good online chronology they can use to help them do this.
  • Alert students that the information in this timeline occasionally links to outside sources for more information.

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