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Along the Potomac (Maryland)
by Philip Woodworth Ogilvie
2000, Arcadia Publishing
From the back cover:
The Potomac flows through the landscape, offering its shores to bathers and fishermen, its rapids to adventurous kayakers, and its natural beauty to all who live nearby. But, over the centuries and specifically since the coming of European settlers to the area 400 years ago, the region and the river have been transformed.
Many of the changes that have affected the Potomac were the result of human actions - the introduction of maize about 1,900 years ago, the accidental importation of the Chestnut blight in 1904, and the increased industrialization of the region. In this pictorial history, readers will have the opportunity to learn about the long-lasting effects of deforestation, mining, and pollution, the plant and animal life that call the region home, and the river's restorative power and enduring grace in striking views from the past 200 years.
In Along the Potomac, author and historian Philip Woodworth Ogilvie takes readers on a wonderfully educational and entertaining journey down this majestic river. With a diverse assemblage of over 200 images, including sketches, maps, paintings, and photographs, and detailed captions, this visual history of the Potomac River reflects the changes that have occurred there, the influences that have held sway, and the complex relationship that has always existed between humans and the natural world they inhabit.
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