Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century

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Yale University Press, 1985 - History - 268 pages
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In this history, Fields shows how Maryland’s centrist moderation turned into centrist immoderation under the stress of the Civil War and argues that Reconstruction proved to be at least as difficult in Maryland as in the Confederacy.

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Barbara Fields’ “Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States of America” has made me think of slavery in a different aspect. As odd as it seemed, her explanation of a single race made perfect sense, how we all come from one race and how we are all just variations of that single race. After reading this, I began to think the idea of slavery as an absurd system. According to Fields’ idea, if the Englishmen couldn’t make their own men work, why would they make the Africans slaves when the Africans are biologically just as related to the Englishmen as any other person on Earth. The entire concept of race is just a concept of stereotypes. I think what the society tells us about the different “races” has a big influence on what we think of the similarly looking people. It’s not that the black people are better sport players or that Asian people are smarter, it’s just that the society has told us these ideas beforehand that we’ve actually changed this idea into a stereotype. According to the science though, Fields believes that the black people have the same chance of being as smart as Asians and that Asians have the same chance of being a good sport player as the black people do. The only thing that’s stopping us from achieving the possible is the false idea that has been driven into everyone’s world of stereotypes. 


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Page 252 - Maryland," in Aubrey C. Land, Lois Green Carr, and Edward C. Papenfuse, eds., Law, Society, and Politics in Early Maryland Proceedings of the First Conference on Maryland History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977), p.

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