Sotterley: Her People and Their Worlds: Three Hundred Years of a Maryland Plantation

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The story of Sotterley plantation in St. Mary's County began shortly after the founding of Maryland and continued over three centuries that saw it rise from humble beginnings, prosper in the age of tobacco and slavery, endure depression, and survive three wars, only to stumble toward ruin until a generous fate brought restoration and renewed relevance for our time. Some who resided there were socially prominent, though most were not. Some were free, others enslaved. Some were white, more were black. Yet they were...

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Overview

The story of Sotterley plantation in St. Mary's County began shortly after the founding of Maryland and continued over three centuries that saw it rise from humble beginnings, prosper in the age of tobacco and slavery, endure depression, and survive three wars, only to stumble toward ruin until a generous fate brought restoration and renewed relevance for our time. Some who resided there were socially prominent, though most were not. Some were free, others enslaved. Some were white, more were black. Yet they were men and women whose stories have much to tell us about the history of southern Maryland and a maturing Chesapeake society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982304914
  • Publisher: Chesapeake Book Company
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments IX

1 Past as Prelude 1

2 Founding a Tidewater Tobacco Plantation 3

3 Prosperity and Expansion 9

4 Success in Colonial Maryland 15

5 A Revolutionary Patriot 21

6 Elizabeth Rousby Plater 27

7 Master Craftsman Richard Boulton 31

8 An Eighteenth-Century Slave Community 35

9 Maryland Statesman George Plater 39

10 The New Capital 43

11 The War of 1812 and the End of the Plater Era 47

12 A Southern Farmer 51

13 The Civil War 57

14 The Kane Family 63

15 Rescued from Ruin 69

16 Colonial Revival 75

17 Trustworthy Managers 87

18 Tenants and Workers 93

19 Creating a Foundation for the Future 101

20 Sotterley Today 110

Further Reading 112

Index 113

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