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, 384 pages

129 color photos, 73 halftones, 18 maps

August 2018



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A History

second edition


In 1634, two ships carrying a small group of settlers sailed into the Chesapeake Bay looking for a suitable place to dwell in the new colony of Maryland. The landscape confronting the pioneers bore no resemblance to their native country. They found no houses, no stores or markets, churches, schools, or courts, only the challenge of providing food and shelter. As the population increased, colonists in search of greater opportunity moved on, slowly spreading and expanding the settlement across what is now the great state of Maryland.

In Maryland, historians recount the stories of struggle and success of these early Marylanders and those who followed to reveal how people built modern Maryland. Originally published in 1986, this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Spanning the years from the 1600s to the beginning of Governor Larry Hogan’s term of office in January 2015, the book more fully fleshes out Native American, African American, and immigrant history. It also includes completely new content on politics, arts and culture, business and industry, education, the natural environment, and the role of women as well as notable leaders in all these fields.

Maryland is heavily illustrated, with nearly two hundred photographs and illustrations (more than half of them in full color), as well as related maps, charts, and graphs, many of which are new to this book. An extensive index and a comprehensive Further Reading section provide extremely useful tools for readers looking to engage more deeply with Maryland history. Touching on major figures from George Calvert to Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman to William Donald Schaefer, this book takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the history of the Free State. It should be in every library and classroom in Maryland.

Suzanne Ellery Chapelle is professor emerita of history at Morgan State University. She is the author of Baltimore: An Illustrated History and the coauthor of African American Leaders of Maryland: A Portrait Gallery. Jean B. Russo is a scholar of colonial Chesapeake history employed by the Maryland State Archives and Historic Annapolis. She is the coauthor of Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America and the coeditor of The Diary of William Faris: The Daily Life of an Annapolis Silversmith.

"Beautifully illustrated with maps, tables, graphs, photographs and drawings... Should serve as a handy quick-reference book in offices and libraries. The index is excellent... Anyone interested in what's happened in the state over the centuries should find it worth reading."

"A benchmark in objectively explaining local history without either embellishing the importance of traditional heroes or distorting the significance of Maryland’s role in America’s development.... [E]ach writer is an acknowledged expert on some aspect of the state’s past. Readers will find that several of the chapters give extensive coverage to the social structure of the state during various time periods.... [A]ttention is devoted to the lifestyles experienced by minorities, children, and women. [A]n outstanding book."

"A well-written state history... The book sharply focuses on politics; and black history has not been slighted in the discussion of the Free State’s cultural heritage... The bibliography is a reference-seeker’s delight."

"Maryland: A History is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in Maryland history. Comprehensive in scope and judicious in tone, it incorporates much of the latest scholarship."

"This handsome new edition of a classic overview presents the latest in Maryland historical scholarship. Clearly written and laced with sound judgment and perspective, it will surely appeal to school systems, libraries, and anyone interested in who we are and how we came to be."

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