The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Google eBook)
For more than four hundred years the people of coastal Maine have clung to their rocky, wind-swept lands, resisting outsiders’ attempts to control them while harvesting the astonishing bounty of the Gulf of Maine. Today’s independent, self-sufficient lobstermen belong to the communities imbued with a European sense of ties between land and people, but threatened by the forces of homogenization spreading up the eastern seaboard.
In the tradition of William Warner’s Beautiful Swimmers, veteran journalist Colin Woodard traces the history of the rugged fishing communities that dot the coast of Maine and the prized crustacean that has long provided their livelihood. Through forgotten wars and rebellions, and with a deep tradition of resistance to interference by people “from away,” Maine’s lobstermen have defended an earlier vision of America while defying the “tragedy of the commons”—the notion that people always overexploit their shared property. Instead, these icons of American individualism represent a rare example of true communal values and collaboration through grit, courage, and hard-won wisdom.
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Review: The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten FrontierUser Review - Angie Malaier - Goodreads
Who doesn't love Maine history? Colin Woodard is a fun, accessible historian. The author has roots in this part of the country, and you can tell he is very passionate about his subject. I kind of want ... Read full review
Review: The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten FrontierUser Review - Margarat - Goodreads
Even though I've spent 40-some summers in neighborhing New Hampshire, this book taught me that I knew nothing about the early history of Maine. This book would help a lot of folks get past the cliches about Maine, so for that I would recommend it. The writing was fine. Read full review
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