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Davidson, Thomas E. "Free Blacks in Old Somerset County, 1745-1755." Maryland Historical Magazine 80 (Summer 1985): 151-156.
Annotation / Notes: County court records of Somerset County, Maryland during the eighteenth century are particularly complete, allowing for detailed studies of the county's population during that period. The author contributes to the scholarship which, up until 1985, focused primarily on the origins of black culture on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the seventeenth century. The author also adds to the growing scholarship on free blacks in this region, which tended to also focus on the seventeenth century. In addition to examining court records to determine the numbers of free Negroes and mulattoes, the author also attempts to determine how members of these populations obtained their free status, that is, through manumission or the as the result of being children of free mothers (free-born).
Klein, Mary O. "'We Shall Be Accountable to God:' Some Inquiries into the Position of Blacks in Somerset Parish, Maryland, 1692-1865." Maryland Historical Magazine 87 (Winter 1992): 399-406.
Annotation / Notes: The author examines the conversion of free blacks and slaves in Somerset Parish. While a 1664 Maryland law stated that baptism had no effect on the status of a slave, the Anglican church worked towards conversion of the enslaved. However, Christian education and baptism varied depending on individual slaveowners. In some cases, the enslaved themselves refused to be baptized. Evidence of African religious practices remained alongside the practice of Christianity.
Wennersten, John R. "A Cycle of Race Relations on Maryland's Eastern Shore: Somerset County, 1850-1917." Maryland Historical Magazine 80 (Winter 1985): 377-382.
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.
Russo, Jean Elliott. 'The Interest of the County': Population, Economy, and Society in Eighteenth-Century Somerset County, Maryland. Ph.D. diss., University of Minnesota, 1999.
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.
Wilstach, Paul. Tidewater Maryland. Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931.
Annotation / Notes: A narrative history of those Maryland counties, all but seven of the twenty-three, touched by saltwater, arranged by theme and locale. There is a great deal of emphasis on the founding of towns and important personages, a wide variety of subjects are covered.
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.
Footner, Hulbert. Rivers of the Eastern Shore. Seventeen Maryland Rivers. New York: Holt Reinhart and Winston, 1944.
Annotation / Notes: Footner writes mostly stories about history, but he does view Chesapeake river environments from a mid-1940s perspective.
Preston, Dickson J. "Burgess Eastern Shore Early Americana Museum." Peninsula Pacemaker 20 (August 1992): 22-23.
Preston, Dickson J. "Maryland's Best Kept Humanities Secret: Burgess Early Americana Museum." Maryland Humanities (March/April 1994): 27.
Carr, Lois Green, and Lorena S. Walsh. "The Standard of Living in the Colonial Chesapeake." William and Mary Quarterly 45 (January 1988): 135-59.
Annotation / Notes: Carr and Walsh make detailed use of probate records from seventeenth and eighteenth century Maryland to argue that the period in Chesapeake area history represented a shift from an early emphasis upon material necessities to an improved standard of living marked by "gentility." The authors contend that this change reached across class lines and helped to fuel, rather than check, the productive economy of the colony. The article includes extensive tables and graphs of evidence regarding consumer items for several Maryland and Virginia counties.
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.
Russo, Jean B. "The Constables' Lists: An Invaluable Resource." Maryland Historical Magazine 85 (Summer 1990): 164-70.
Guest, Geoffrey. "The Boarding of the Dependent Poor in Colonial America." Social Service Review 63 (1989): 92-112.
Barnes, Robert W. "Somerset Parish Records." Maryland Historical Magazine, 69 (Winter 1974): 418-25.
Mittelstaedt, Jennifer Hilde. Auxiliary Verb Leveling and Morphological Theory: The Case of Smith Island English. Ph.D. diss., Georgetown University, 2006.
Polk, John F. "From Lifford to Somerset: The First Scotch-Irish Migration to America." Shoreline, 16 (June 2009): 33-34.
Polk, John F. "Longevity of the Inhabitants of Somerset County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland." Shoreline, 17 (December 2010): 18.
Nevins, Andrew. "Variable Rules Meet Impoverishment Theory: Patterns of Agreement Leveling in English Varieties." Lingua: International Review of General Linguistics, 120 (May 2010): 1135-59.
Annotation / Notes: Speech patterns on Smith Island.
Thompson, G. Ray, trans. "Alcohol Prices in Somerset County, MD, 1687/8." Shoreline, 17 (December 2010): 17.
Setliff, Rebecca J. Sociolinguistic Variation in Smith Island English: Existential It. Ph.D. diss., Georgetown University, 2010.