Includes bibliographical references (pages 547-596) and index.
I. Introduction -- II. The Origin of Maryland's Free Black Population -- III. Maryland Sentiment toward the Abolition of Slavery, Manumission, and Free Blacks -- IV. The Antislavery Activity of the Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends -- V. The Baltimore and East Baltimore Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church's Antislavery Activity -- VI. The Effectiveness and Role of the Maryland State Colonization Society on Antislavery Activity -- VII. Maryland Legislative and Constitutional Activity Relating to the Abolition of Slavery, Manumission, Free Blacks, and African Colonization -- VIII. The 1864 Maryland Constitutional Convention Abolishes Slavery -- IX. Conclusion.