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Breen, T. H. Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of the Revolution. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.
Middleton, Authur Pierce. Tobacco Coast: A Maritime History of the Chesapeake Bay in the Colonial Era. Newport News, VA: Mariners Museum, 1953.
Sarudy, Barbara Wells. "Eighteenth-Century Gardens of the Chesapeake." A special issue of the Journal of Garden History: An International Quarterly 9 (July-Sept. 1989): 103-59.
Walsh, Lorena S. "Land, Landlord, and Leaseholder: Estate Management and Tenant Fortunes in Southern Maryland, 1642-1820." Agricultural History 59 (July 1985): 373-396.
Annotation / Notes: Based on the astonishing records of a Jesuit-owned estate in Charles County that lasted for 175 years, Walsh examined 233 tenants, and the effect of their short term vs. long term leases on resource waste or conservation. The story explains how owners used leasing as a means for plantation development and as an alternative to slave labor.
Wennersten, John R. Maryland's Eastern Shore: A Journey in Time and Place. Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1992.
Annotation / Notes: Wennersten's goal is to make the reader understand the distinct society that is the eastern shore through discussion of the area's agricultural life, its race relations, and maritime society. Brief histories are given of some communities and mention made of some influential people.
White, Dan. Crosscurrents in Quiet Water: Portraits of the Chesapeake. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Co., 1987.
Annotation / Notes: A photo essay of the changing lives of the Eastern Shore's peoples focusing on watermen, boat builders, environmentalists, and chicken farmers. Special emphasis is placed on Smith Island and Crisfield. Photographs by Jon Naso and Marion Warren.
Menard, Russell R. "Population, Economy, and Society in Seventeenth-Century Maryland." Maryland Historical Magazine 79 (Spring 1984): 71- 92.
Annotation / Notes: Menard examines some of the complex social and economic patterns underlying the rapid population growth of Maryland during the seventeenth century despite strong in-migration, high mortality, a shortage of females, and later marriage which often produced unstable family life. Tobacco exports rose dramatically, but the economy eventually suffered from over-dependence on a single crop. Though the colony was established with aristocratic goals, immigrants and their offspring initially created a social and economic pattern in which small planters predominated. However, by the century's end a new gentry class clearly had emerged in an order characterized by greater dependence on slave labor, a decline of indentured servitude, and heightened degrees of inequality.
Walsh, Lorena S. "Feeding Eighteenth-Century Tidewater Town Folk, or, Whence the Beef?" Agricultural History 73 (Summer 1999): 267-80.
Daniels, Christine. "Gresham's Laws: Labor Management on an Early-eighteenth-century Chesapeake Plantation." Journal of Southern History 62 (1996): 205-238.
Dunn, Richard S. "Quantifying the History of the Chesapeake in the Eighteenth Century." Reviews in American History 15 (1987): 563-568.
Jensen, Joan M. Loosening the Bonds: Mid-Atlantic Farm Women, 1750-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.
Roberts, Daniel G., and David Barrett. "Nightsoil Disposal Practices of the 19th Century and the Origin of Artifacts in Plowzone Proveniences." Historical Archaeology 18 (1984): 108-115.
Rutman, Anita H. "Still Planting the Seeds of Hope: the Recent Literature of the Early Chesapeake Region." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 95 (1987): 3-24.
Smith, Donald T. "Rethinking the Colonial Generalities: Putting the Cod and Cohesion in Their Places." History Teacher 26 (1993): 233-245.
Walsh, Lorena S. "Plantation Management in the Chesapeake, 1620-1820." Journal of Economic History 49 (1989): 393-406.
Wawrzyczek, Irmina. Planting and Loving: Popular Sexual Mores in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake. Lublin, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej, 1998.
Wetherell, Charles. "'Boom and Bust' in the Colonial Chesapeake Economy." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 15 (1984): 185-210.
Anderson, Virginia DeJohn. "Animals into the Wilderness: The Development of Livestock Husbandry in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake." William and Mary Quarterly, 59 (no. 2, 2002): 377-408.
Clemens, Paul G.E. "The Operation of an Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake Tobacco Plantation." Agricultural History, 49 (July 1975): 517-31.
Omo-Osagie, Solomon Iyobosa, II. Commercial Poultry Production on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore and the Involvement of African Americans, 1930s to 1990s. Ph.D. diss., Morgan State University, 2007.
Cohen, Kenneth. "Well Calculated for the Farmer: Thoroughbreds in the Early National Chesapeake, 1790-1850." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 115 (no. 3, 2007): 370-411.
Menard, Russell R. "Secular Trends in the Chesapeake Tobacco Industry." Working Papers from the Regional Economic History Research Center 1 (no.3, 1978): 1-34.
Menard, Russell R. "The Tobacco Industry in the Chesapeake Colonies, 1617-1730: An Interpretation." Research in Economic History: A Research Annual, vol. 5, ed. Paul Uselding. Greenwich, CT: Aijai Press, Inc., 1980, pp. 109-77.
Land, Aubrey C. "Economic Behavior in a Planting Society: The Eighteenth CenturyChesapeake." Journal of Southern History, 33 (Nov., 1967): 469-85.