Maryland: A History

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JHU Press, Sep 14, 2018 - History - 384 pages
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An engaging and accessible introductory history of the people, places, culture, and politics that shaped Maryland.

In 1634, two ships carrying a small group of settlers sailed into the Chesapeake Bay looking for a suitable place to dwell in the new colony of Maryland. The landscape confronting the pioneers bore no resemblance to their native country. They found no houses, no stores or markets, churches, schools, or courts, only the challenge of providing food and shelter. As the population increased, colonists in search of greater opportunity moved on, slowly spreading and expanding the settlement across what is now the great state of Maryland.

In Maryland, historians recount the stories of struggle and success of these early Marylanders and those who followed to reveal how people built modern Maryland. Originally published in 1986, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Spanning the years from the 1600s to the beginning of Governor Larry Hogan’s term of office in January 2015, the book more fully fleshes out Native American, African American, and immigrant history. It also includes completely new content on politics, arts and culture, business and industry, education, the natural environment, and the role of women as well as notable leaders in all these fields.

Maryland is heavily illustrated, with nearly two hundred photographs and illustrations (more than half of them in full color), as well as related maps, charts, and graphs, many of which are new to this book. An extensive index and a comprehensive Further Reading section provide extremely useful tools for readers looking to engage more deeply with Maryland history. Touching on major figures from George Calvert to Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman to William Donald Schaefer, this book takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the history of the Free State. It should be in every library and classroom in Maryland.


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List of Maps Graphs and Tables
Major Native American Groups in Maryland 15001650
two The Revolutionary War Era 17631789
Major Land Battles of the American Revolution involving Maryland Troops 17751781
three Maryland in the New Nation 17891850 85
The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Region 18131814
Agriculture and Industry in Maryland 1840
Railroads Canals and Rivers
Major Coal Deposits in Maryland
six Prosperity Depression and War 19171945
seven Maryland after World War II 19451985
State Primary Highway System 1978
Major Drainage Basins of the Chesapeake Bay System
eight Maryland 19852015
Political Map of Maryland 2015
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four Maryland in Peace and War 18501870
Support for ProUnion Gubernatorial Candidate Augustus Bradford 1861
five A New Century 18701917
Railroads Canals and Rivers
Structure of Maryland Society 1755

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About the author (2018)

Suzanne Ellery Chapelle is professor emerita of history at Morgan State University. She is the author of Baltimore: An Illustrated History and the coauthor of African American Leaders of Maryland: A Portrait Gallery. Jean B. Russo is a scholar of colonial Chesapeake history employed by the Maryland State Archives and Historic Annapolis. She is the coauthor of Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America and the coeditor of The Diary of William Faris: The Daily Life of an Annapolis Silversmith.