Essay Topic 1
Discuss the history of slavery in the United States. When did the slave trade begin in the Americas? Where were slaves brought from in Africa? When did the concept of abolition arise and who were the main forefathers of this cause? What states had abolished slavery by the time Harriet Ross was born in 1820? Which states had not?
Essay Topic 2
Describe the system of slavery in Maryland in 1820. What was “manumission” and why did this concept give hope to the slaves on the Brodas plantation? How did manumission apply to Harriet Ross’s parents, Old Rit and Ben? How did it apply to John Tubman?
Essay Topic 3
Describe and discuss Denmark Vesey and the slave rebellion of 1822. What were the repercussions of this uprising? How many slaves were executed for following Vesey and their participation in the rebellion? How did the event influence slave laws and...
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