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Maryland State Archives Presents: Beneath the Underground, Flight to Freedom and Communities in Antebellum Maryland

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Beneath the Underground is a groundbreaking study focusing on the practice of resistance and flight within the state of Maryland. From 2003-2007, our project has used the archival sources within the collection of the Maryland State Archives to uncover the once unknown participants and accomplices of flight. Our research has included intensive record stripping of antebellum periodicals, census records, county, and state records, among which are chattel and inventories.
All of the information is posted through searchable databases on our website, www.mdsalvery.net/ugrr. To date, we are the only public history institution of note that has linked primary sources directly to runaway activity, including nearly 9,000 individual runaway advertisements dating from the 1740s to the 1860s. The website is further enhanced with over 300 case studies and an interactive mapping program that provides a geographical context to flight in Maryland. Through this project we hope to display the sources that illuminate the clandestine activity of flight and provide a model for a holistic study on the journey from slavery to freedom in one particular state.

Our panel will focus on the following points –

• Discussion of the (our) shifted focus of Underground Railroad research to the point of departure within a slaveholding state
• Illustrate our methodology of applying a bottom-up approach to understanding the everyday characters of resistance and flight
• Explain the development of mdslavery.net/ugrr
• Demonstrate the utility of Beneath the Underground for various users including academics, genealogists, novice historians and educators.
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Gartrell, John. and Davis, Maya. "Maryland State Archives Presents: Beneath the Underground, Flight to Freedom and Communities in Antebellum Maryland" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p228484_index.html>

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Gartrell, J. B. and Davis, M. "Maryland State Archives Presents: Beneath the Underground, Flight to Freedom and Communities in Antebellum Maryland" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p228484_index.html

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Abstract: Beneath the Underground is a groundbreaking study focusing on the practice of resistance and flight within the state of Maryland. From 2003-2007, our project has used the archival sources within the collection of the Maryland State Archives to uncover the once unknown participants and accomplices of flight. Our research has included intensive record stripping of antebellum periodicals, census records, county, and state records, among which are chattel and inventories.
All of the information is posted through searchable databases on our website, www.mdsalvery.net/ugrr. To date, we are the only public history institution of note that has linked primary sources directly to runaway activity, including nearly 9,000 individual runaway advertisements dating from the 1740s to the 1860s. The website is further enhanced with over 300 case studies and an interactive mapping program that provides a geographical context to flight in Maryland. Through this project we hope to display the sources that illuminate the clandestine activity of flight and provide a model for a holistic study on the journey from slavery to freedom in one particular state.

Our panel will focus on the following points –

• Discussion of the (our) shifted focus of Underground Railroad research to the point of departure within a slaveholding state
• Illustrate our methodology of applying a bottom-up approach to understanding the everyday characters of resistance and flight
• Explain the development of mdslavery.net/ugrr
• Demonstrate the utility of Beneath the Underground for various users including academics, genealogists, novice historians and educators.

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