Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground
by Barbara Jeanne Fields
© 1985 Yale University Press
This is one of the premier books that examines the experience of African Americans in 19th century Maryland. Dr. Fields provides the groundwork for understanding the unique conditions of Maryland as a state that was moving away from slavery in the north, but held fast to bondage in the south. A must read for any course looking at the history of Maryland, slavery in the Chesapeake, or the transition from slavery to freedom in the United States.