The Price of Freedom

by T. Stephen Whitman
©1999 Routledge

Whitman examines the extra complex relationships between enslaved African Americans and their owners in Baltimore and Maryland, paying particular attention to the changing nature of that relationship during the early 19th century. He introduces us to slave renting and gradual manumission, and argues that the move towards manumission was less of a humanitarian effort, but more about using the labor system that provided the most economic gain.

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