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Fields, Barbara Jeanne. Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.
Annotation / Notes: The author explores how free populations in Maryland - both black and white - challenged the notion of a slave society. The free black population, very much interconnected with the slave population in terms of kinship ties, also provided a threat to the underpinnings of the system. Once freedom arrived, social relationships also had to be redefined. The author writes that "free blacks did not occupy a unique or legitimate place within Maryland society, but instead formed an anomalous adjunct to the slave population" (3). By 1840, free blacks in Maryland composed 41% of the total black population of the state, or the largest free black population of any state in the nation.
Reps, John. Tidewater Towns: City Planning in Colonial Virginia and Maryland. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1972.
Annotation / Notes: Early towns did not generally spring out of nowhere. Town planning was common and an important part of Chesapeake Maryland's colonial history. The government played an active role in the founding and formation of towns. Annapolis and the District of Columbia were unique in that their plans did not resemble those common amongst other English colonies.
Thomas, Joseph Brown, Jr. Settlement, Community, and Economy: The Development of Towns in Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore, 1660-1775. Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, 1994.
Annotation / Notes: Thomas argues that the seventeen clustered settlements that dotted the lower Eastern Shore actually functioned as towns. Although legislatively established they have been largely ignored in the history of the Chesapeake region. Most historians argue that the area was rural, when in fact its character was between urban and rural.
Capper, John, Garrett Power, and Frank Shivers. Chesapeake Waters: Pollution, Public Health and Public Opinion, 1602-1972. Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1983.
Davidson, Steven G., Jay. G. Merwin, Jr., John Capper, Garrett Power, and Frank Shivers, Jr. Chesapeake Waters: Four Centuries of Controversy, Concern and Legislation. 1983; reprint, Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 1997.
Annotation / Notes: Primarily on the political process paralleling environmental change but containing many references to contemporary conditions and problems.
Davidson, Steven G., Jay. G. Merwin, Jr., John Capper, Garrett Power, and Frank Shivers, Jr. The Archivists' Bulldog: The Newsletter of the Maryland State Archives. Annapolis: Maryland State Archives, 1987-.
Annotation / Notes: This newsletter contains useful articles describing collections, documents, books, and finding aids. It is available on-line at https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/refserv/html/bulldogs.html.
Hollowak, Thomas L. "Maryland Genealogy and Family History: A Bibliography, 1987-1989." Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 33 (Summer 1992): 484-530.
Papenfuse, Edward C., et al. A Guide to Government Records at the Maryland State Archives: A Comprehensive List by Agency and Record Series. Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1991.
Papenfuse, Edward C., Susan A. Collins, and Christopher N. Allan. A Guide to the Maryland Hall of Records: Local Judicial and Administrative Records in Microform. Vol. 1. Annapolis: Hall of Records Commission, 1978.
Annotation / Notes: Records of Allegany County through Baltimore County and City.
Posner, Ernst. American State Archives. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1964, 134-142.
Radoff, Morris L., Gust Skordas, and Phebe R. Jacobsen. The County Courthouses and Records of Maryland, Part Two: The Records. Annapolis: Maryland Hall of Records, 1963.
Annotation / Notes: This survey of the records created by Maryland's counties, and Baltimore City, has its origins in the Depression era's Historical Records Survey. The introduction includes descriptions and explanations of the records. At the start of each county section is a general history of the county's records. This is the second of two books. The first in the series focuses of the history of each courthouse building.
Skordas, Gust. "Maryland's County Records -- the Eclectic Approach." American Archivist 25 (April 1962): 199-206.
Berkeley, Henry J. "Extinct River Towns of the Chesapeake Region." Maryland Historical Magazine 19 (1924): 125-34.
Carr, Lois Green. County Government in Maryland, 1689-1709. New York: Garland Publishers, 1987.
Jordan, David W. "Political Stability and the Emergence of a Native Elite in Maryland." In The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays in Anglo-American Society. Edited by Thad W. Tate and David L. Ammerman, 243-73. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.
Locke, Diana. Oyster Fisheries Management of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay. Ph.D. diss., Walden University, 1998.
Mason, Keith. "Localism, Evangelicalism, and Loyalism: The Sources of Oppression in the Revolutionary Chesapeake." Journal of Southern History 56 (February 1990): 23-54.
Nash, Gary B. "Revolution on the Chesapeake." Reviews in American History 2 (September 1974): 373-78.
Smith, W. Wayne. Anti-Jacksonian Politics Along the Chesapeake. Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, College Park, 1967.
Smith, W. Wayne. "Jacksonian Democracy on the Chesapeake: Class, Kinship and Politics." Maryland Historical Magazine 63 (1968): 55-67.
Smith, W. Wayne. "Jacksonian Democracy on the Chesapeake: The Political Institutions." Maryland Historical Magazine 62 (1967): 381-393.
Risjord, Norman K. Chesapeake Politics 1781-1800. New York: Columbia University Press, 1978.
Annotation / Notes: This is a richly detailed study of the development of political parties in the three states - Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina - which comprise the Chesapeake region. Using cluster-bloc analysis where possible, especially for Maryland, and more traditional sources where the roll-calls are too scarce, this study focuses on the growth of partisanship in the state legislatures. Sharing the post-war problems of debt, depression, social unrest, as well as reacting to national issues, such as the structure of the central government, western lands, the location of the capital, neutrality, the Jay Treaty, the Quasi-War with France, the Alien and Sedition Acts, as well as other issues, each state responded with subtle differences. Overall, however, these experiences strengthened party identification and organization, so that by the election of 1800 a major party competition existed.
Mills, Eric. Chesapeake Rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties. Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, 2000.
Franklin, William M. "The Tidewater End of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal." Maryland Historical Magazine 81 (Winter 1986): 288-304.
Beyers, Chris. "Ebenezer Cooke's Satire, Calculated to the Meridian of Maryland." Early American Literature 33 (1998): 62-85.