Guest Post: Free Blacks and Slaves on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

When I retired many years ago after 31 years of teaching, I really thought that I had taught my last class. But, this past semester, I found myself once again in the front of a classroom—this time teaching a course at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. The “Back Story” That surprising turn of events happened because I read an article in Smithsonian magazine entitled “Slavery’s Trail of Tears.” I majored in U.S. History in college. And, I know about the original “trail of tears” when the federal government forcibly removed Indians from the southeast to reservations beyond...

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