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Middleton, Authur Pierce. Tobacco Coast: A Maritime History of the Chesapeake Bay in the Colonial Era. Newport News, VA: Mariners Museum, 1953.
Chesser, Helen Brown. "St. George Island Memories." Chronicles of St. Mary's 40 (Spring 1992): 98-104.
Annotation / Notes: The memories of a woman who grew up on the Island during the early decades of the twentieth century.
Foster, Sally. The Private World of Smith Island. New York: Cobblehill Books/Dutton, 1993.
Annotation / Notes: A juvenile audience photo book which addresses the question of "What is it like to live on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay."
Harp, David W., and Tom Horton. Water's Way: Life Along the Chesapeake. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
Annotation / Notes: A photo essay on the environmental plight of the Eastern Shore, special attention is paid to the area's natural history and the life of the watermen.
Warren, Marion E. Bringing Back the Bay: the Chesapeake in the photographs of Marion E. Warren and the voices of its people. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Annotation / Notes: Modern photographs accompanied with oral history text. Of special interest is the "photographer's commentaries" on his work.
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.
Brait, Susan. Chesapeake Gold: Man & Oyster on the Bay. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1990.
De Gast, Robert. The Oyster Men of the Chesapeake. Camden, ME: International Marine Publishing Company, 1970.
Annotation / Notes: One cannot separate the Chesapeake oyster as a natural resource from the men and vessels which harvested them. Bob De Gast's book is a compelling visual story with accurate, if spare, text.
DeGast, Robert. Western Wind, Eastern Shore: A Sailing Cruise Around the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975.
Annotation / Notes: De Gast sails a small boat around the entire DelMarVa Peninsula, an interesting voyage with useful observations.
Walters, Keith. "Annual Report for 1990." Bugeye Times 16 (Spring 1991): 5-14.
Annotation / Notes: Calvert Marine Museum.
Berry, Paul L. "CMM Broadens its Horizons: Estuarine Biology on Display." Bugeye Times 20 (Fall 1995): 1, 6.
Berry, Paul L. "Twenty-Five Years of Local and Maritime History at CMM." Bugeye Times 20 (Summer 1995): 1, 6-7.
Berry, Paul L. "The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum-A Quarter-Century of Development and More to Come." Weather Gauge 26 (Spring 1990): 12-13.
Foster, Elizabeth. "A Visit to the Saint Clements Island-Potomac River Museum." Chesapeake Bay Magazine 17 (February 1988): 30-34.
Sheffield, Suzanne. "The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum." Peninsula Pacemaker 26 (August 1997): 14-16.
Valliant, John R. "Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum: Our First Thirty Years." Weather Gauge 31 (Spring 1995): 4-9.
Wennersten, John R. "The Calvert Marine Museum." Maryland 17 (Summer 1985): 35-38.
Ellis, Carolyn. Fisher Folk: Two Communities on the Chesapeake Bay. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1986.
Annotation / Notes: A sociological case study of two traditional water-economy Chesapeake Bay communities, one in tidewater Virginia and the other on the islands of Maryland, both assigned pseudonyms in social science convention. Ellis contends that these isolated settlements retain distinctive elements of traditional culture, even as they increasingly are drawn into contact with and impacted by outside forces. Based on extensive field research conducted in the 1970s and early 1980s, this study examines family and kin, work, social organization, the role of religion, and mechanisms of social control. Ellis concludes with consideration of the prospects for the future in terms of preservation or change for traditional Chesapeake area communities.
Horton, Tom. An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake. New York, W. W. Norton and Company, 1996.
Annotation / Notes: Horton's title suggests his principal themes in examining Smith Island life: that the islands represent a distinctive way of life rooted in another time whose preservation into the future may literally be running out of time. An environmental columnist for the Baltimore Sun who lived on Smith Island in the late 1980s as an environmental educator with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Horton examines the water-related economy, traditionally based on oystering and crabbing, and the unique way of life that evolved in the relative isolation of the island communities. His book profiles the personalities of Smith Island, the work of men and women, the pervasive role of religion in island life, and social, economic, and environmental changes threatening the island's future.
Mills, Eric. Chesapeake Rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties. Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 2000.
Warner, William W. Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1976.
Annotation / Notes: Naturalist writer Warner examines the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab-the "beautiful swimmer"--and the watermen whose distinctive economy and life-style have been based upon it. Warner uses the cycle of the seasons to trace the complex relationship between natural environment and human community, with attention both to the social patterns and economics of water-related societies. Traditional watermen communities of the Chesapeake Bay region receiving considerable attention are Deal Island, Smith Island, Kent Island, and Crisfield in Maryland, and Tangier Island in Virginia.