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The Michigan History Center is creating stories, activities, and teaching resources for educators to use with students.

The stories below focus on how people fought and struggles for freedom during the Statehood Era. Did slavery exist in Michigan? Who fought against slavery and how? Did people have to fight for their freedom in Michigan?

Overall, these stories will help students understand how that freedom was not clearly defined in Michigan in the Statehood Era.  In addition, students will explore stories of individuals as they sought their own freedom. These stories are part of a larger collection of material within the Statehood Era (1787-1840).

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