Pirates and Patriots, Tales of the Delaware Coast

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Algora Publishing, 2004 - History - 240 pages
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Annotation Libraries, archives, and museums reveal clues to the colorful characters lining the history of Delaware, from its earliest colonial days to the invention of the "beach resort" and the founding of the nation's "Summer Capital" to World War II and the present. Author Michael Morgan brings together this kaleidoscopic view of the men of the sea and the beachfront tycoons who shaped Delaware and its role in the development of America, in war, politics, and business, from the Europeans' arrival at Cape Henlopen until modern times. While the intrepid patriot Henry Fisher and the infamous serial killer Patty Cannon are not known beyond the boundaries of southern Delaware, others such as William Penn, Captain Kidd and the DuPonts enjoy more widespread reputations. Here, tales of shipwrecks and rumrunners combine with the politics of slavery and suffrage to illuminate the history of one corner of the United States, a microcosm that synthesizes light on various facets of the development of the United States in a broader context. * Michael Morgan pens a weekly column, "Delaware Diary," in the Delaware Coast Press and has authored many stories for The Baltimore Sun, Maryland Magazine, Civil War Times Illustrated, America's Civil War and other periodicals for the past 15 years. He is a frequent guest speaker at historical societies in Lewes, Georgetown, and other towns along the Delaware coast.
 

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I only read the first twenty-three pages that were the free preview, but this history is fascinating.
There are many historical figures interacting in this history of Delaware There are shipwrecks
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massacres, pirateering, raids,, several settlements. One community was an experiment to eliminate
class distinction and religiious dominance. The settlers were required to work six hours daily pro-
ducing a product to sell and the profits were shared among the participants. The children spent
part of their day in school and part learning a trade. That settlement was raided and destroyed. .
Bonna Nelson
 

Contents

DARK SECRETS AND DARK CORNERS
63
CIVIL WAR DIVIDES SUSSEX
97
VACATIONERS AND BEACHCOMBERS
121
SHIPWRECKS AND SUN WORSHIPPERS
135
INTO A NEW CENTURY
149
BETWEEN THE WARS
163
WORLD WAR II PEARL HARBOR ECHOES ON THE COAST
181
INTO THE MODERN WORLD
199
BIBLIOGRAPHY
213
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