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Maryland, A Middle Temperament: 1634-1980 (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf) Paperback – August 28, 1996
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A history of the third original colony with 350 years of tobacco culture, slavery, industrial revolution, civil war, and civil rights is a daunting task met by Brugger in his highly readable standard history of the state. Brugger not only covers the pageant of centuries but also finds a themeone of moderation and balance in a not-quite Southern but not-quite Northern realm where both cool heads and Union occupation prevented secession. Writing over the last three years, Brugger recognizes the findings of younger historians who have wrung fresh insights about colonial living from statistics and archaeology. He is not reticent about long-denied civil rights, old political machines, and fairly recent corruption. John W. McCrain, Baltimore Cty. Landmarks Preservation Commission, Towson, Md.
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"[An] altogether exemplary history.. In following the middle course, Maryland has chosen the American way; this, it seems to me, is the deepest and most important truth in Robert J. Brugger's thoroughly admirable book."(Jonathan Yardley Washington Post Book World)
"The most comprehensive and readable history of the Free State ever published. It's absolutely the only account I've ever seen that makes almost all our state history seem important or entertaining or both. It will doubtless be used for generations as the most reliable reference work on its subject."(John Goodspeed Evening Sun)
"It is comprehensive in scope yet concise in treatment, scholarly in content yet engaging in prose, cautious in judgement yet adventurous in interpretation. Maryland's historical record has been both controversial and proud; now, in Brugger's volume, its people have a history of that experience of which they can, without controversy, be very proud."(Maryland Historical Magazine)
"This is the best single-volume history of Maryland in print."(Maryland Historian)
"This is wonderful stuff, a whole new way of writing local history.. Here at last is a bridge between the old antiquarian history and the most modern scholarship in a way that is fresh, attractive, and a contribution to understanding."(George H. Callcott, author of Maryland and America, 1940 to 1980)
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This is not a rah-rah book: it objectively points out the strong and weak points of Maryland as it developed. And the relationships between the other colonies/states are NOT ignored. For the first time in my life, I truly understand why the populations of Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, etc. were so ripe for revolution in the 1770's and how the loyalist and revolutionary tendencies evolved.
My only complaint is that it often deviates -within a chapter- a little too much (half a century) from chronological order. Sometimes such jumping back and forth may be necessary because a section may describe tobacco markets, convict imports, etc. over a period of time, but when going on to the next topic the author sometimes forgets to mention when it occurred so you're not sure if it's still in the last time mentioned or much earlier or later.
Still, that's a minor problem in a great work. If you read this work you'll know more than 99% of Marylanders about Maryland and not only know about important events, but you'll get a feeling for the cultural development of the state.
Maryland is a truly fascinating little state, and Brugger's thesis surrounding the concept he calls the "Middle Temperament" is right on the money. He explains throughout the book how Maryland's founding as a haven for Catholics, its position as a comfortable seat for wealthy, arch-conservative loyalists, and its physical location between the "temperate" North and "intemperate" South, led to Maryland's quiet, reserved development over the centuries. Maryland can't claim a Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson or a John Adams, and there are reasons for that. Brugger explores those reasons here. Maryland has long been a crossroads, but rarely a destination. The resulting juxtaposition of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds cultivated a sense of tolerance and moderation that defines Maryland even today.
A word of caution to potential readers: This book is one giant hunk of text. There are illustrations, maps, tables and sidebars that complement the text, but there is also a conspicuous analytical, demographic tone that is impossible to avoid. This book is more of a reference than a page turner. You're not going to sit and read it from cover to cover. It's simply too dense and dry for that, but it's the best comprehensive history of Maryland out there. It's a relatively balanced blend of political, economic and cultural history.