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History of Delaware Hardcover – April 1, 1993

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John A. Munroe was H. Rodney Sharp Professor of History at the University of Delaware. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press; 3rd edition (April 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874134935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874134933
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,873,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian P. Burns on February 11, 2005
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A good introduction to the history of Delaware. It covers the entire history to the present. For the majority of the book, it is told in a linear fashion. Toward the end of the book, present day, it picks a topic and discusses it across a longer time frame.

As it is written by a professor at the University of Delaware, I was expecting a more comprehensive, intensive, scholarly history; something with footnotes and more detail.

If you are looking for something to read that is enjoyable than this is a great book. It is well researched but not to the depth that I expected.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on January 16, 1999
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Dr. Munroe has written an excellent one volume history of Delaware. He weaves political, economic and social history together in an interesting fashion that explains Delaware's unique character and happenings. For Delaware natives and afficionados, this is probably as good a background as there is on the First State.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Whipple III VINE VOICE on July 27, 2009
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The subject of this book is somewhat prosaic, but John Munroe (a professor of history at the University of Delaware) makes the most of it. This book covers the history of Delaware from the earliest European settlers (Dutch, Swedish and English) up to the present (2006 cutoff).

Some of the ground covered was familiar, but I appreciated being straightened out on the details. Not being a native Delawarean, for instance, I had gotten Caesar Rodney's ride to Philadelphia (to sign the Declaration of Independence) mixed up with Delaware's claim to be "the first State" (based on when it ratified the Constitution).

Other parts of the story were basically new to me, and in some cases surprising. Among the revelations: (1) the extent of changes in the Delaware economy over the years, as various industries rose and fell; (2) several rewrites of the Delaware state constitution resulting from demographic changes and shifting political alignments; and (3) the reversing party polarity of the state. (Today, New Castle County is heavily Democratic, while Kent and Sussex Counties are Republican, but a century ago this relationship was reversed.)

Withal, it seems that Delaware has been a middle of the road kind of place over the years - and not necessarily in the forefront of change (the state voted for Herbert Hoover in 1932). Suits me!
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