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McElvey, Kay Najiyyah. Early Black Dorchester, 1776-1870: A History of the Struggle of African-Americans in Dorchester County, Maryland, to be Free to Make Their Own Choices. Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland at College Park, 1991.
Annotation / Notes: The author examines selected events relating to Dorchester County's black population between 1776 and 1870 and their struggle to make their own political, economic, religious, and educational choices. The author also focuses on the enslaved and free leaders who led the fight for self-determination. The author hopes that her text will be used in high school classrooms as a local history of black Dorchester County.
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.
Coers, D. V. "New Light on the Composition of Ebenezer Cook's Sot-Weed Factor." American Literature 49 (January 1978): 604-06.
Annotation / Notes: Coers offers evidence to support the contention that Ebenezer Cook's satire The Sot-Weed Factor was likely written no earlier than 1702, later than the 1695 date previously ascribed. He draws upon internal references in Cook's writing to Queen Anne, not crowned monarch until 1702, and a Dorchester County Court land record to support his case. The later date would suggest that the work was based on his visit to Maryland in the 1690s, but not written until afterwards.
Kinnamon, Lester J., ed. Great Choptank Parish, 1693-1974. Cambridge, MD: Vestry of Great Choptank Parish, 1975.
McAllister, James A., Jr. Abstracts from the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland: Volume H, 1771-1782. Millsboro, DE: Colonial Roots, 2014.
McAllister, James A., Jr. Abstracts from the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland: Volume I, 1782-1790. Millsboro, DE: Colonial Roots, 2014.
McAllister, James A, Jr., comp. Abstracts from the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland: Volume E, 1756-1763. reprint. Berwyn Heights, MD: Heritage Books, 2018.