Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History

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The story of Annapolis resonates in every century of American history. Annapolis has been home to tobacco plantations, political intrigue, international commerce, the U.S. Naval Academy, ballooning population growth, and colonial, state, and national government. Jane Wilson McWilliams’s captivating history explores Annapolis from its settlement in 1650 to its historic preservation campaign of the late twentieth century.

McWilliams brings alive the people of Annapolis as she ...

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Overview

The story of Annapolis resonates in every century of American history. Annapolis has been home to tobacco plantations, political intrigue, international commerce, the U.S. Naval Academy, ballooning population growth, and colonial, state, and national government. Jane Wilson McWilliams’s captivating history explores Annapolis from its settlement in 1650 to its historic preservation campaign of the late twentieth century.

McWilliams brings alive the people of Annapolis as she recounts their fortunes and foibles. Be they black or white, slave or master, woman or man, each has a place in this book. With unsurpassed detail and graceful prose, she describes the innermost workings of Maryland’s capital city—its social, civic, and religious institutions; its powerful political leaders; and its art, architecture, and neighborhoods.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, this book chronicles more than three hundred years of Annapolis history. As unique as the city it describes, Annapolis, City on the Severn builds on the most recent scholarship and offers readers a fascinating portrait into the past of this great city.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

HometownAnnapolis.com
Even casual readers will find this new book hard to put down.

— Earl Kelly

Scitech Book News

A detailed narrative.

Washington College Magazine
Critics are hailing Jane Wilson McWilliams for her masterful history of Annapolis—a carefully researched, well illustrated, and beautifully written account of Maryland's state capital.

— John Lang

Anne Arundel County Public Library Happenings!
McWilliams has delivered this history evenly and concisely, but also in a style that is quite entertaining.

— Ray Langston

Bay Weekly
Jane McWilliams has created a landmark work of scholarship, a comprehensive, interesting and very readable work destined to enlighten generations to come.

— Hampton 'Skip' Auld

HometownAnnapolis.com - Earl Kelly

Even casual readers will find this new book hard to put down.

Washington College Magazine - John Lang

Critics are hailing Jane Wilson McWilliams for her masterful history of Annapolis—a carefully researched, well illustrated, and beautifully written account of Maryland's state capital.

Bay Weekly - Hampton 'Skip' Auld

Jane McWilliams has created a landmark work of scholarship, a comprehensive, interesting and very readable work destined to enlighten generations to come.

Anne Arundel County Public Library Happenings! - Ray Langston

McWilliams has delivered this history evenly and concisely, but also in a style that is quite entertaining.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801896590
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/2011
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 345,481
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Wilson McWilliams is an independent researcher, editor, writer, and lecturer. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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