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Community, Culture, and Economic Development, Second Edition

Continuity and Change in Two Small Southern Towns

Meredith Ramsay

Publication Year: 2013

Newly updated comparative study of economic development policy, and its relationship with local power structures and cultural and social relations, in two Maryland towns.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. 8-9

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pp. ix-x

...it is with a deep sense of gratitude that i write this foreword to the sec-ond edition of Community, Culture, and Economic Development, for it was indeed a blessing that Meredith ramsay decided to write about our quiet rural community of Somerset. her first edition confirmed the sad realities that we who live here had always known but lacked the resources ...

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Preface to the Second Edition

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pp. xi-xvi

The first time i ventured into Somerset County in 1985, i might as well have entered a parallel universe. Nothing had prepared me for the incon-gruities that i observed there. The very atmosphere of the place felt Kaf-kaesque?ominous and confusing. (to one observer, the society seemed ?almost feudal.?1) Why, i wondered, in the poorest county in Maryland, ...

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. xvii-xxiv

This book is based upon research that i carried out as a doctoral student in political science. it presents a history of how two different communities in Somerset County, Maryland, have responded to economic change and other disturbing events. Once i began the field research for this project, it did not take long for me to discover that my uninvited presence in this ...

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pp. xxv-xxvi

...i am grateful to the people of Somerset County for showing me that american democracy, although deeply flawed, can work against seemingly insurmountable odds. The people of Crisfield and Princess anne have taught me more than i could ever write in a book, and they have my deepest respect. i also want to thank Michael rinella, acquisitions editor ...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Princess Anne and Crisfield, Maryland, are both located in Somerset County, where the official motto is Semper Eadem?ever the same. And it is indeed surprising how little has changed there in the more than three hundred years that have passed since its founding.1 When it was estab-lished in 1666, Somerset was the poorest county on Maryland?s Eastern ...

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2. Theoretical Frameworks

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pp. 9-22

A wealth of research chronicles the struggle of American cities, small towns, and rural communities to maintain their fiscal viability in the wake of the global restructuring of markets that has been occurring since World War II. Scholars note that localities compete with other localities to attract industry, jobs, and capital investment,1 and this observation raises ...

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3. A History of Somerset County

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pp. 23-48

This chapter does not purport to offer a complete or even a rounded his-tory of Somerset County. Instead, it highlights events of a particular kind. It focuses on instigating events because of their structure-altering potential. The following pages provide a historical account of how a planter?s regime came into being in the northern part of Somerset County at the close of ...

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4. Princess Anne, 1986–1991

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pp. 49-70

The previous chapter explained how an oligarchy became established in Somerset County in colonial times and maintained its power well into the twentieth century, in spite of a series of potentially restructuring events. This chapter gives an account of instigating events that occurred in Princess Anne in the recent era and reports how the governing group ...

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5. Crisfield, 1986–1991

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pp. 71-92

In October, 1987, the city of Crisfield was already reeling from decades of population loss and economic decline when seven local businesses burned to the ground in a late-night fire. But a few months later, when the state of Maryland bestowed 5 million dollars in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies to rebuild the burned-out core of down-...

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 93-110

It was clear from the outset of this study that Somerset County did not conform to the market model that dominated the field of public policy analysis in the 1980s. What was not clear was how to explain this deviation from widely accepted economic theories. Following the ?social embed-dedness argument,? I assumed that the policy preferences of individuals ...

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pp. 111-132

Racial injustice is a thread that runs through all of the preceding chapters. In this chapter, it is the central theme. Shocking racial disparities in the Somerset County government and school system were publicly confronted in a community forum on June 11, 2009. This chapter tells what happened that evening and describes the lengthy contest that ensued. It tells of legal ...

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pp. Plate 1-Plate 8

Figure 11. Christopher Brown (ACLU Legal Counsel), Kirkland Hall, and son Figure 12. (Left to Right) Kirkland Hall, George Ames, Amy Cruice, and Carl Figure 13. Celebrating the ?No Representation without Population Act? at the Maryland State House (Left to Right) Deborah Jeon, Eldridge James, Bess McCallister, Kenneth Ballard, Kirkland Hall, Catherine Brown, Cynthia Boersma, ...

Appendix: Somerset County Task Force on Diversity

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pp. 133-136


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pp. 137-150


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pp. 151-160


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pp. 161-170

Back Cover

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p. 206-206

E-ISBN-13: 9781438448886
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438448879

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013

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  • Social action -- Maryland -- Somerset County.
  • Community development -- Maryland -- Somerset County.
  • Economic development -- Social aspects -- Maryland -- Somerset County.
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