Commercial Poultry Production on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore: The Role of African Americans, 1930s to 1990s

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University Press of America, 2012 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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Commercial Poultry Production on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore traces the beginnings and development of commercial poultry production in this very important region. African Americans were mainly involved in poultry production on the labor supply side, which was crucial to the expansion of the industry. Commercial poultry production expanded through vertical integration, acquisitions, mergers, and consolidations and became the dominant economic activity on the Lower Maryland Eastern Shore in the 1950s. Throughout the years, the industry has intermixed with public health and the environment. These integrations were problematic on several fronts, as the industry sought to maintain a much-needed economic lifeline for the region and yet protect public health and ensure a sustainable environment at the same time. In all, commercial poultry production has continued to fuel the local economy of the Lower Maryland Eastern Shore since its inception in the 1930s.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two Geographical Historical and Social Background of Lower Eastern Shore Somerset Worcester and Wicomico Counties
17
Chapter Three Early Phase of Commercialization of Poultry Production 1930s to 1950s
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Chapter Four Development and Consolidation of LargeScale Commercial Poultry Production 1950s to 1990s
67
Chapter Five Commercial Poultry Production Public Health and the Environment
95
Chapter Six Commercial Poultry Production Working Conditions and Labor Activism
129
Chapter Seven Conclusion
155
Bibliography
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Solomon Iyobosa Omo-Osagie II, Ph.D., has written and published more than forty scholarly commentaries and articles in numerous national and international publications, including The Western Journal of Black Studies, Southern Historian: A Journal of Southern History, The Baltimore Sun, and Newswatch. He is a recipient of the Leadership and Excellence Award from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in Austin, Texas, and the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award at the Baltimore City Community College, where he is a distinguished professor. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, Virginia, and the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

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