Tag Archives: plantations

Slavery history: Swan Point Farm

The Swan Point Farm in Kent County, Maryland was a large plantation run with slave labor from at least the 1770s until the 1820s. Continue reading

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Slavery history: Dallington

The Dallington property is a good example of a small Maryland plantation with fewer than ten enslaved workers. It reaches deep into the history of Kent County. Continue reading

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When slavery came to stay

The following piece—which I warn you is long—was the first-prize winning essay in the 2011 American Association of Museums’ Brooking Competition for Creativity, and tells the story of The Cliveden Project in 2010. Continue reading

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Slave resistance: Yarm Says No

A story of defiance and courage, unlike any you’ve ever read. Continue reading

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Slavery history: The Whitehall Plantation

The Chew Family’s Whitehall Plantation, located in Kent County, Delaware was the largest farm ever run with enslaved labor in the history of the state. Continue reading

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Slave resistance: I love bacon

This is a story about meat. It’s also a story about how slave plantations ran in Cecil County, Maryland in the early 19th century. Continue reading

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Slavery history: The Chew family of Philadelphia

The Chew family and slavery came to British North America at about the same time… Continue reading

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Slavery sources: original 18th century letters

Amazing evidence of African-American resistance on a Delaware plantation. Continue reading

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Kent County, Maryland reflections

In a county that was home to thousands of enslaved Africans and African descendents in 1800, there is no housing, there are no outbuildings left. Continue reading

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Slave resistance: Jim and Aaron’s story

Reading this will change your understanding of plantation life forever. Continue reading

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