The Resource Baltimore : a political history, Matthew A. Crenson

Baltimore : a political history, Matthew A. Crenson

Label
Baltimore : a political history
Title
Baltimore
Title remainder
a political history
Statement of responsibility
Matthew A. Crenson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"People from Baltimore glory in its quirky charm, small-town character, and history of North-cum-South culture. Not every native, however, realizes that for much of the nineteenth century, as "mobtown," the city often made its case for being one of the most violent places in the country. Since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody last year, Baltimoreans and the entire nation again focus on the rich and tangled narrative of black-white relations in the city, which once offered an example of slavery existing side by side with the largest community of free blacks in the United States. A distinguished political scientist who spent much of his youth and the large part of his professional career in Baltimore here examines the politics, structure of governance, and role of racial difference in the history of Baltimore, from its founding in the mid-eighteenth century to the recent past. How do we explain its distinctive character? Matt Crenson argues that the city's longtime dependency on the general assembly for a wide variety of urban necessities--the by-charter weakness of its municipal authority--forced residents to adopt the private and extra-governmental institutions that shaped early Baltimore--leading to curious political quarrels over loose pigs, for example, but also to Baltimore's comparative radicalism during the Revolution. Meantime, whites competed with blacks, slave and free, for menial and low-skill work, and an urban elite found a way to thrive by avoiding, wherever possible, questions of slavery vs. freedom, just as, long after Civil War and emancipation, it preferred to sidestep racial controversy. Crenson thus holds up a mirror to Baltimore, asking whites in particular to re-examine the past and accept due responsibility for future racial progress."--Provided by publisher
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
975.2/6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F189.B14
LC item number
C74 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Baltimore : a political history, Matthew A. Crenson
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Official town, improvised authority -- Settling -- Government in the streets -- Revolution -- Chartered city, nest of pirates -- Baltimore at war -- From town to city -- "Calamities peculiarly incident to large cities" -- Trial by combat -- Baltimore triumphant -- Public debt and internal improvements -- Working on the railroad -- Road hogs -- Creating order -- Racial borders -- Between mobs and corporations -- Pigs and politicians -- Know nothings -- American reckoning -- Baltimore in the divided nation -- City at war -- Democratic resurrection -- Ex-slaves, ex-Confederates, and the new regime -- The ring -- Fin de siecle -- Political economy -- Fire, smoke, and segregation -- Metropolitan morality -- World war and municipal conquest -- Civil service and Prohibition -- Boom to bust -- Relief, repeal, new deal -- Democratic harmony, Republican victory -- D'Alesandro and his Democrats -- I'm alright jack -- Slow motion race riot -- Racial breakdown -- Baltimore's best -- Driving the city -- Turning point -- Afterword: Not yet history
Control code
on1004673862
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 616 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421422077
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b37382287
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1004673862
  • pebc1421422077

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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