Commercial Poultry Production on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore: The Role of African Americans, 1930s to 1990s
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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Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two Geographical Historical and Social Background of Lower Eastern Shore Somerset Worcester and Wicomico Counties
Chapter Three Early Phase of Commercialization of Poultry Production 1930s to 1950s
Chapter Four Development and Consolidation of LargeScale Commercial Poultry Production 1950s to 1990s
Chapter Five Commercial Poultry Production Public Health and the Environment
Chapter Six Commercial Poultry Production Working Conditions and Labor Activism
Chapter Seven Conclusion
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