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The Philadelawareans and Other Essays Relating to Delaware

by John A. Munroe


         ISBN: 978-1611492545

         Published in 2004

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This volume presents a varied sampling of the author's writings from the past sixty years, along with some previously unpublished materials. It begins with a long prologue that the author calls a literary autobiography, and this story is continued and amplified in introductory notes that accompany each of the following items. The first essay provides a title for the book and also a subordinate theme, the relationship between Delaware and the city of Philadelphia. This theme reappears in many guises in the background of other items as, for example, in a summary of New Castle's history, in an investigation of an experiment in nonresident representation in Congress, and in explanation of the unique importance of an early Wilmington collector of customs. In the last essay, previously unpublished, the relationship is personalized in a reminiscence contributing to the autobiographical theme with which the book began. Illustrated. John A. Munroe is H. Rodney Sharp Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Delaware.

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