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Walsh, Lorena S. Charles County, Maryland, 1658-1705: A Study of Chesapeake Social and Political Structure. Ph.D. diss., Michigan State University, 1977.
Browne, Gary L. "Urban Centers of the Past." Maryland Heritage News 2 (Fall 1984): 6-7.
Annotation / Notes: A variety of factors effect the rise and fall of urban centers -- transportation, market, environmental, and political changes, as well as the rise of other centers. Browne presents a brief discussion of the fate of approximately ten urban centers.
Lee, Jean B. The Social Order of a Revolutionary People: Charles County, Maryland, 1733-86. Ph.D. diss., University of Virginia, 1984.
Lee, Jean B. The Price of Nationhood: The American Revolution in Charles County. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1994.
Annotation / Notes: This intensive and insightful study of a single county offers insight into several large themes in Maryland history - "the American Revolution as a transforming, ongoing phenomenon, civilian's responses to the War for Independence, the tenor of the nation's formative years, and the nature of Chesapeake society." During this period Charles Country changed from prosperous economy, securely connected to the outside world through overseas trade, into a stagnant backwater, whose forward looking population searched for opportunity elsewhere. Unlike other areas of Maryland, where the Revolutionary years were tumultuous, there were few challenges to the status quo. Cut off from the empire, entrepreneurial whites left the county in search of wealth and opportunity, often as close as Washington, DC, and the population became overwhelmingly unfree.
Harte, Thomas J. "Social Origins of the Brandywine Population." Phylon 24 (1963): 369-378.
Annotation / Notes: Harte seeks to establish the eighteenth-century origins of a distinctive mixed race "Brandywine" population in Charles County, though he fails to explain this social identity for the general reader. He points to Maryland laws against miscegenation and cross-racial sexual relationships as indirect evidence that both had occurred in the colony and cites Charles County records for violations of those laws. The article provides less direct support for his contention that Native American ancestry may also have been involved in the mixed race unions. Harte concludes that isolated family groupings in the eighteenth century served as the basis of the identifiable Brandywine population in the county in the nineteenth century.
Walsh, Lorena S. "The Historian as Census Taker: Individual Reconstitution and the Reconstruction of Censuses for a Colonial Chesapeake County." William and Mary Quarterly 3rd series, 38 (April 1981): 242-60.
Annotation / Notes: Walsh uses methods drawn from community studies to reconstitute a census for adult white males in Charles County in 1705, based upon a provincial census and rent rolls from the period. She argues that such methods provide the researcher the opportunity to establish reasonable accurate profiles of Chesapeake society in the colonial period.
Walsh, Lorena S. "Staying Put or Getting Out: Findings for Charles County, Maryland, 1650-1720." William and Mary Quarterly (3d. series), 44 (January 1987): 89-103.
Klapthor, Margaret Brown, and Paul Dennis Brown. The History of Charles County, Maryland, Written in its Tercentenary Year of 1958. La Plata, MD: Charles County Tercentenary, Inc., 1958.
Walsh, Lorena S. "Servitude and Opprtunity in Charles County, Maryland, 1658-1705." In Law, Society, and Politics in Early Maryland, Aubrey C. Land, Lois Green Carr, and Edward C. Papenfuse, eds. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977, pp. 111-33.
Cardno, Catherine Annette. Community, Morality and Violence: Crime and the Construction of a British-American Society in Eighteenth-Century Charles County, Maryland. Ph.D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 2005.
MacDonald, David R. The Transit of the Anglican Mind to the Maryland Colony: Thomas Bray and the Bray Libraries of Christ Church Durham; Nanjemoy, Maryland, 1696-1701. South Bend, IN: Cloverdale, 2007.
Cowherd, Carol L. "Using Land Records to Look for Port Tobacco in the 18th Century." Maryland Archeology, 47 (March 2011): 14-27.
Marshall, Michael R. Charles County, Maryland: Administration Accounts, 1791-1798. Millsboro, DE: Colonial Roots, 2014.
Marshall, Michael R. Charles County, Maryland: Wills, 1791-1801: Will Book AF-11. Millsboro, DE: Colonial Roots, 2014.
Peden, Henry C., Jr., and Veronica Clarke Peden. Charles County, Maryland: Marriage References and Family Relationships, 1658-1800. Lewes, DE: Colonial Roots, 2013.
Marshall, Michael R. Charles County, Maryland: Land Records, 1796-1799: Deed Book IB #2. Millsboro, DE: Colonial Roots, 2015.
Marshall, Michael R. Charles County, Maryland: Land Records, 1799-1801: Deed Book IB #3. Millsboro, DE: Colonial Roots, 2015.
Marshall, Michael R., comp. Charles County, Maryland: Index of Probate Records, 1791-1850. Millsboro, DE: Colonial Roots, 2015.