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History of Delaware Hardcover – April 1, 1993
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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.
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!