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Historical Context

Map 2




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Locating the Site

Map 1: Slavery in 1860.

[Map 1] Slavery in 1860, with link to larger version of map.
(Courtesy Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Information for the creation of Map 3 was obtained from the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization website at

Questions for Map 1

1) Those enslaved had to travel from a slave state to a free one to obtain their freedom. Which states were slave states and which were free?

2) Using a classroom map or atlas of the United States, find the Eastern Shore of Maryland, New Bedford, and the District of Columbia. According to Map 1, are they in areas that were free or slave?

3) Which free states were closest for those running to freedom? Which slave states were easiest to escape from? Which were the most difficult? What natural features might you use to aid your escape? (Water routes, mountains, forests, etc.)

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Comments or Questions

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