books which might be of general interest to students of the "Early
Republic" period -- If you find any worth purchasing after following
one of these links, a portion will go to support of this web site:
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough a "story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work."
The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity by Jeffrey Sachs. From book description: "For more than three decades, Jeffrey D. Sachs has been at the forefront of international economic problem solving. But Sachs turns his attention back home in The Price of Civilization, a book that is essential reading for every American. In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.
One of the largest cities (3rd after Phila.?) in the nation (around 1830), situated on one of America's great natural harbors, at the mouth of the Patapsco River, and near the head of Chesapeake Bay.
Many streams suitable for mills helped build it up as a manufacturing center, while its harbor, and productive back country gave it a strong mercantile interest.
Home of the famous luxurious Barnum's Hotel.
Sources: Whitman, The Price of Freedom (1997), with small but useful maps, p34, 38 and illustrations of MD. Chem. Works, Fardy and Auld's shipyard, and a downtown scene on pp44, 59, 146.
A town or village about 20 miles northwest of Baltimore. The phrase"Charles Carroll of Carrollton" crops up repeatedly in Jackson Era literature, referring to the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence, who lived there.
Birthplace and permanent home of Ezekiel Forman Chambers, senator from 1826-34, and the home of Washington College, from which he graduated.
The terminus, at one very early point, of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
In Frederick County. "One mile south of the Mason-Dixon line, ... on the main road between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. ... economy based on its function as a stopping place on the road west and ... as a center of American Catholicism, with a seminary and a convent". (Otter, p161). It is also about 10 miles southeast of Gettysburg, PA.
See map, as of 1823 (Otter, p172)
County seat(?) of Frederick County.
Sacked by Cochrane in 1814 (which was witnessed by Jared Sparks).
Most of the state looks roughly like a horseshoe wrapped around this 100-mile long by 20 mile wide bay.
On the northern part of the eastern shore -- looks like mostly an estuary.