Maryland's Eastern Shore: A Journey in Time and Place

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Tidewater Publishers, 1992 - History - 299 pages
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A hundred years aint such a very long time on the Eastern Shore, local farmers and watermen used to say, and that is a telling refrain. Past and present mix easily on the Shore, and, in this respect, as well as in certain local customs and habits of language, the region is very much still an old-fashioned English society. Until fairly recently, the peninsula was one of the most geographically isolated regions on the Atlantic coast. In this isolated society, the most important factors have been agriculture, seafaring, and racea blend of soil, sea, and soul. In his attempt to convey the special character of the regionbefore accelerating change affects its transformationJohn Wennersten has used these themes as a framework for an absorbing narrative. His insights into how these elements affected the development of the area and its current character take the story of the Eastern Shore beyond mere facts and into the realm of socio-cultural history. This is a fascinating overview of an unusualand perhaps vanishinglifestyle.

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Contents

On the Eastern Shore
3
Trie Wye Country
26
From the Sassafras to the Susquehanna
38
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About the author (1992)

Dr. John R. Wennersten is a senior fellow at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, and a member of the board of directors for the Anacostia Watershed Society. He is a professor emeritus of environmental history at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and he served as the associate editor for Maryland Historical Magazine for ten years. He was selected as a humanities scholar for Maryland and received the Maryland Writers Prize for his work "The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay.

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