Staff Picks: Forgotten Maryland History

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

Staff Picks: Forgotten Maryland History

Check out these local history books about the forgotten people and events in 19th century Maryland that shaped American history.  Copies are available to check out from the library system.

Uncle Tom's Journey from Maryland to Canada by Edna M. Troiano
Follow the life of Josiah Henson from Maryland to Canada. Growing up, young Josiah was sold from one owner to another in Maryland before he was sent to Kentucky as an adult. In 1830, Mr. Henson and his family made a daring escape to freedom in Canada. Mr. Henson became a popular preacher and speaker of the time. He also assisted others to escape slavery and established the town of Dawn, Ontario. With help, Mr. Henson published his autobiography. The book was a success and later editions followed. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, included events from Mr. Henson's life in her book. Sites connected with Josiah Henson can be visited today. Archive photos and images accompany the text.

Mobtown Massacre by Josh S. Cutler
During summer 1812, Baltimore City was a tense and dangerous place. The cause: an editorial against President James Madison's decision to declare war on Great Britain. Alexander C. Hanson Jr., editor of "Federal Republican" newspaper was the author of the inflammatory piece. The author traces the events leading up to the riot, the ensuing chaos and destruction in the city, and a public court case. Baltimore would be known as "Mobtown" in the following years. The book ends with an epilogue of the key figures involved in the dramatic events of summer 1812. Archival images accompany the text.