Clearing the Coastline
The Nineteenth-Century Ecological & Cultural Transformations of Cape Cod
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University Press of New England
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No book sees the light of day without the help of numerous friends, family members, colleagues, and professionals whose attention and support give as much life to a book as the author himself. This work is no exception. Throughout...
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In 2005, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts imposed a three-year ban on taking of alewives or blue-black herring. Unlike the reaction to the cod and other fishery cutbacks introduced in the 1990s, no one protested these complete...
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The Wampanoag creation story of the trickster and teacher Moshup offers important insights into how people viewed, understood, and related to...
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Timothy Dwight was well prepared to make such a harsh assessment of Cape Cod lands, for by 1800 the Yale College president had toured much of the Northeast, taking stock of the new nation and its people at the turn of the nineteenth...
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Attitudes toward Cape Cod’s wastelands would change dramatically in the first half of the nineteenth century. Initially viewed as a backwater, with ignorant and isolated people unable to grow their own food and forced to send their men off to distant...
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In February 1864 journalist Charles Nordhoff published a story about the changing times on Cape Cod. In “Mehetabel Rogers’s Cranberry Swamp,” appearing in Harper’s New Weekly Magazine, Nordhoff examined how Cape communities, now thriving...
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By 1869, southern New England’s inshore hook-and-line fishermen had come to a breaking point. As pounds took more fish and collapsed prices, those who continued to fish as their fathers and grandfathers had done saw their lives and livelihoods as endangered....
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The investigations from 1870 to 1872 revealed that some fisheries scientists, unlike local hook-and-line fishermen, envisioned Cape Cod’s coastlines not as the familiar and long-harvested resource whose management kept Cape Cod communities alive, but rather...
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In the 1920s two publications appeared that encapsulated, unintentionally, how changing inshore ecosystems, science, and cultural attitudes toward the coast had affected Cape Cod’s people. In the first, a report on the state alewife fisheries, Massachusetts...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2011