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Maryland lawmakers asked to revisit vote for slavery

Maryland lawmakers asked to revisit vote for slavery

The Civil War casts a long shadow.

In the first year of that wrenching conflict, Maryland's lawmakers voted unanimously for a constitutional amendment to bar the federal government from abolishing slavery. Now, more than 150 years later, some legislators in Annapolis are looking to put the state on the right side of history.

A Senate committee is scheduled Thursday to consider rescinding the state's 1862 ratification of the so-called "shadow" 13th Amendment, which would have locked slavery into the U.S. Constitution.

It's an oft-overlooked footnote in American history, one that was rapidly overtaken by the outbreak of the Civil War and the...

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