Freedom for All? The Contradictions of Slavery and Freedom in the Maryland Constitution

Freedom for the few! An interesting lesson focuses on the Maryland Constitution and its lack of freedom for African Americans. Scholars examine the premise of freedom for all—which only extended to a limited few.  Academics complete worksheets, participate in discussions, and work in groups to interpret historical documents.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils draft their own versions of the Declaration of Independence 
  • Create a class pamphlet campaigning against slavery 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires additional materials to complete the lesson 
Pros
  • Includes extension activities to enhance learning 
  • The lesson handles a sensitive subject in a respectful manner 
Cons
  • None