The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – June 2022: Maryland

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The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – June 2022: Maryland

1bhabeck
Edited: May 31, 1:37am

Each month, we will visit a different state in the United States of America for the Monthly Reading Challenge in the Mystery & Suspense Extra! Group. This month, we continue our travel up the east coast to – Maryland.

The Americana Series Monthly Challenge – June 2022: Maryland


History
Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Baltimore is the largest city in the state, and the capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English Queen Henrietta Maria, then known in England as Mary.

Before its coastline was explored by Europeans in the 16th century, Maryland was inhabited by several groups of Native Americans – mostly by the Algonquin, and, to a lesser degree, by the Iroquois and Siouian. As one of the original Thirteen Colonies of England, Maryland was founded by George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, a Catholic convert who sought to provide a religious haven for Catholics persecuted in England. In 1632, Charles I of England granted Lord Baltimore a colonial charter, naming the colony after his wife, Henrietta Maria. Unlike the Pilgrims and Puritans, who rejected Catholicism in their settlements, Lord Baltimore envisioned a colony where people of different religious sects would coexist under the principle of toleration. Accordingly, in 1649 the Maryland General Assembly passed an Act Concerning Religion, which enshrined this principle by penalizing anyone who "reproached" a fellow Marylander based on religious affiliation. Nevertheless, religious strife was common in the early years, and Catholics remained a minority, albeit in greater numbers than in any other English colony.

Maryland's early settlements and population centers clustered around rivers and other waterways that empty into the Chesapeake Bay. Its economy was heavily plantation-based and centered mostly on the cultivation of tobacco. Great Britain's need for cheap labor led to a rapid expansion of indentured servants, penal labor, and African slaves. In 1760, Maryland's current boundaries took form following the settlement of a long-running border dispute with Pennsylvania. Maryland was an active participant in the events leading up to the American Revolution, and by 1776, its delegates signed the Declaration of Independence. Many of its citizens subsequently played key political and military roles in the war. In 1790, the state ceded land for the establishment of the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C.

Although then a slave state, Maryland remained in the Union during the American Civil War, its strategic location giving it a significant role in the conflict. After the Civil War, Maryland took part in the Industrial Revolution, driven by its seaports, railroad networks, and mass immigration from Europe. Since the 1940s, the state's population has grown rapidly, to approximately six million residents, and it is among the most densely populated U.S. states. As of 2015, Maryland had the highest median household income of any state, owing in large part to its proximity to Washington, D.C., and a highly diversified economy spanning manufacturing, retail services, public administration, real estate, higher education, information technology, defense contracting, health care, and biotechnology. The state's central role in U.S. history is reflected by its hosting of some of the highest numbers of historic landmarks per capita.

Geography

Maryland shares borders with Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. Sixteen of Maryland's twenty-three counties, as well as the city of Baltimore, border the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and its many tributaries, which combined total more than 4,000 miles of shoreline. Although one of the smallest states in the U.S., it features a variety of climates and topographical features that have earned it the moniker of America in Miniature. In a similar vein, Maryland's geography, culture, and history combine elements of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, and Southern regions of the country.

Maryland has an area of 12,406.68 square miles (32,133.2 km2) and is comparable in overall area with Belgium 11,787 square miles (30,530 km2). It is the 42nd largest and 9th smallest state and is closest in size to the state of Hawaii 10,930.98 square miles (28,311.1 km2), the next smallest state. The next larger state, its neighbor West Virginia, is almost twice the size of Maryland 24,229.76 square miles (62,754.8 km2)

Maryland possesses a variety of topography within its borders, contributing to its nickname America in Miniature. It ranges from sandy dunes dotted with seagrass in the east, to low marshlands teeming with wildlife and large bald cypress near the Chesapeake Bay, to gently rolling hills of oak forests in the Piedmont Region, and pine groves in the Maryland mountains to the west. In 2007, Forbes.com rated Maryland as the fifth "Greenest" state in the country, behind three of the Pacific States and Vermont. Maryland ranks 40th in total energy consumption nationwide, and it managed less toxic waste per capita than all but six states in 2005. In April 2007, Maryland joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) — a regional initiative, formed by all the Northeastern states, Washington, D.C., and three Canadian provinces, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Maryland has no natural lakes, mostly due to the lack of glacial history in the area. All lakes in the state today were constructed, mostly via dams. Maryland has forty-seven operational State parks, including 7 parks with waterfront areas, covering 90,239 acres; 15 State-owned lakes and ponds open to public fishing; 9 State forests and portions of 15 State parks open to public hunting; 36 wildlife management areas, covering 88,348 acres, open to public hunting; 6 natural environment areas containing 7,676 acres.

Fun Facts
There is a population of rare wild (feral) horses found on Assateague Island. They are believed to be descended from horses who escaped from Spanish galleon shipwrecks. Every year during the last week of July, they are captured and swim across a shallow bay for sale at Chincoteague, Virginia, a conservation technique which ensures the tiny island is not overrun by the horses. The ponies and their sale were popularized by the children's book, Misty of Chincoteague.


The purebred Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog was bred specifically for water sports, hunting and search and rescue in the Chesapeake area. In 1878, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was the first individual retriever breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. and was later adopted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as their mascot.


The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (also known locally as the Bay Bridge) is a major dual-span bridge in the U.S. state of Maryland. Spanning the Chesapeake Bay, it connects the state's rural Eastern Shore region with the urban Western Shore, between Stevensville and the capital city of Annapolis. The original span, opened in 1952 and with a length of 4.3 miles (6.9 km), was the world's longest continuous over-water steel structure. Because of its height, the narrowness of the spans (there are no hard shoulders), the low guardrails, and the frequency of high winds, it is often cited as one of the scariest bridges in the United States. Several weather-related incidents have caused complete closures of the bridge. The bridge has been closed four times due to extreme weather. https://youtu.be/v-B3j83ozJk


Maryland gained one of its nicknames by rejecting Prohibition Laws. The first time Maryland was referred to as a free state was when the Maryland Constitution of 1864 came into effect at the end of the Civil war. This new constitution abolished slavery in the state, making it a free state. It wasn’t until over 50 years later, in 1923, that the state was once again referred to as the free state, and this time, it coined its other nickname as “The Free State.” Hamilton Owens, the editor of the Baltimore Sun newspaper, actually coined the term after Maryland rejected laws that would have made the purchase, sale, and consumption of liquor illegal.


The official state sport of Maryland is jousting. You heard that right, jousting. You know, it’s that thing that people used to do back in the age of chivalry when knights would ride around saving fair maidens from dragons. The modern variant of jousting sees contestants compete in a friendly environment, much unlike the sports bloody past. Maryland has more than one official posh sport, though, with Lacrosse as the state’s official team sport.


There’s a community in Maryland called Boring. It has 40 houses, a church, Post Office, a fire company, and well... not much else.

The Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is considered a masterpiece and one of the finest 19th century buildings in the world. The basilica is the first cathedral in the United States. Baltimore represents the first Roman Catholic diocese.


America’s national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer. It is believed Key wrote the anthem on September 14, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.


In Sharpsburg, Maryland, the Battle of Antietam was fought on September 17, 1862. The battle is considered as the bloodiest battle of the American Civil war because an estimated 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat. According to some sources, it is also the eighth-costliest land battle of the American Civil War.


The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 lasted for 30 hours and resulted in standardized firefighting equipment. The fire destroyed 1,500 buildings and completely wiped out entire neighborhoods. Firefighters struggled to contain the blaze due to an issue with their hose couplings not matching up. The fire was the most destructive fire in the United States since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.


Notable Residents

Prominent activist, author and public speaker Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, Maryland and escaped from slavery as a young man. Douglass was a leader of the abolitionist movement and he campaigned tirelessly for the end of slavery. Harriet Tubman is another iconic figure who was also born into slavery in Maryland. She escaped in 1849, but returned to Maryland, using the Underground Railroad to make 13 separate secret missions which helped 70 enslaved people to make their way to freedom.

Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary’s Industrial School. Other Major League Ball player besides “The Babe” born in Maryland include Cal Ripken, Jr., Billy Ripken, Lefty Grove, Frank (Home Run) Baker, Harold Baines, Al Kaline, Denny Neagle, and Jimmie Foxx.

Some famous individuals from Maryland include actors William H Macy, Edward Norton, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.

Authors include Tom Clancy, Anne Tyler, Upton Sinclair, Dashiell Hammett, WEB DuBois, Larry Doyle, Barbara Kingsolver, Nora Robert, and Leon Uris.

In honor of MARYLAND, read a Mystery/Suspense book (any sub-genre will do!) that satisfies one or more of the following:

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Dog," "Bridge," "Fire," "Bomb," or "Green" in the title OR has a picture of a bridge, a dog or an alcoholic drink on the cover OR the cover is 75% Green;

• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Maryland or one of the states that fought for the Union during the Civil War OR includes a clergyman as a main character OR has a main character that is a soldier or veteran; and

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in MARYLAND.


Happy Reading ❤

2bhabeck
Edited: Jun 9, 10:31am

Brenda's Americana Challenge - June 2022: Maryland
3/3 Complete


In honor of MARYLAND, read a Mystery/Suspense book (any sub-genre will do!) that satisfies one or more of the following:

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Dog," "Bridge," "Fire," "Bomb," or "Green" in the title OR has a picture of a bridge, a dog or an alcoholic drink on the cover OR the cover is 75% Green;

Murder and the Monkey Band by Dianne Hartman; dog on the cover; finished 6/3/22; 3 stars

• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Maryland or one of the states that fought for the Union during the Civil War OR includes a clergyman as a main character OR has a main character that is a soldier or veteran; and
When Maidens Mourn by C. S. Harris; veteran of the Napoleonic wars; Finished 6/2/22; 4 stars

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in MARYLAND.
Blood Lines by Angela Marsons; finished 6/9/22; 4.5 stars

3Carol420
Edited: Jun 15, 1:07pm


Carol Knows Cute When She Sees It
☀️ - ★ - DONE 6/15
3/3
☀️1. A Mystery/Suspense book with "Dog," "Bridge," "Fire," "Bomb," or "Green" in the title OR has a picture of a bridge, a dog or an alcoholic drink on the cover OR the cover is 75% green.
Dying Light - Stuart McBride - 3★


☀️2. A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Maryland or one of the states that fought for the Union during the Civil War OR includes a clergyman as a main character OR has a main character that is a soldier or veteran.
The Keepers - Tan Van Huizen - 6★ - (Massachusetts)

☀️3. A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in MARYLAND.
What My Sister Knew - Nina Laurin- 3.5★ (N & L)

4Olivermagnus
Edited: Jun 28, 8:32am



Americana Challenge - June 2022: Maryland

3
of 3 Complete

🇺🇸 1. A Mystery/Suspense book with a picture of a bridge, a dog or an alcoholic drink on the cover .
Assault and Pepper - Leslie Budewitz - 3.5 Stars - 6/28/22


🇺🇸 2. A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Maryland or one of the states that fought for the Union during the Civil War.
What Can't Be Seen - Brianna Lebuskes - 3.5 Stars - 6/3/22 - set in Boston, MA

🇺🇸 3. A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in MARYLAND.
Sanctuary - Nora Roberts - 3 Stars - 6/10/22 - NR

5Andrew-theQM
Edited: Jun 18, 7:58am

Andrew’s June Maryland Challenge : 1/3

• A Mystery/Suspense book with "Dog," "Bridge," "Fire," "Bomb," or "Green" in the title OR has a picture of a bridge, a dog or an alcoholic drink on the cover OR the cover is 75% Green;

✔️The Golden Gate by Alistair Maclean Bridge on the cover - Read - 3/6/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

• A Mystery/Suspense book that takes place in Maryland or one of the states that fought for the Union during the Civil War OR includes a clergyman as a main character OR has a main character that is a soldier or veteran; and

✔️ Drop Zone by Stephen Leather : Read - 1/6/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Main Character is a Soldier

• A Mystery/Suspense book where the author's FIRST and LAST initial (no middle initials or names) can be found in MARYLAND.

✔️ The Island by Adrian McKinty : Read - 18/6/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

6gaylebutz
Jun 2, 5:45pm

I'm going to read Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack.
It takes place in Maryland.

I grew up in Maryland but have been living in Virginia for a long time. But I go back to visit regularly as I have family there. The book I chose is by an author local to Maryland who I met once at a book talk so I'm looking forward to this read.

7Sergeirocks
Edited: Jun 16, 6:13pm

Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins - James Runcie 3.75★s (Main character is a clergyman)
Dog in the Dark - Gerald Hammond 4★s (‘Dog’ in the title)
Dark Suits and Sad Songs - Denzil Meyrick 4★s (Author’s initials in MARYLAND)

8bhabeck
Jun 9, 10:32am

9Carol420
Jun 10, 5:28pm

>8 bhabeck:


Well done, Brenda. Congrats to you.

10Carol420
Jun 15, 11:09am



I'm Done. Thanks for another fun one, Brenda.

11bhabeck
Jun 15, 10:58pm

>10 Carol420: Congrats!

12Andrew-theQM
Jun 18, 7:56am

Finished with my last book The Island by Adrian McKinty, first and last initials in Maryland, and read whilst I was in Maryport in ‘Cumbria, England. 😂

13bhabeck
Jun 20, 1:14am

>5 Andrew-theQM: well done!

14bhabeck
Jun 20, 1:14am

>7 Sergeirocks: Way to go!

15Carol420
Jun 20, 7:14am

>7 Sergeirocks: >12 Andrew-theQM:



Congratulations to you both!! Good job.

16Sergeirocks
Jun 26, 6:22am

Carol, Brenda: Congratulations all around, I think - we all ‘done good’ again this month, 👍
👏👏👏

17Carol420
Jun 26, 9:14am

>16 Sergeirocks: Thanks, little meerkat. We re nothing BUT GOOD!

18gaylebutz
Jun 26, 5:23pm

Done - Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack - 3.5 ★
It takes place in Maryland - there were many places I recognized so I enjoyed that!

19bhabeck
Jun 26, 9:45pm

>18 gaylebutz: Well Done, Gayle!

20Olivermagnus
Jun 28, 8:33am

All Done!

21bhabeck
Jun 28, 9:41am

>20 Olivermagnus: Whoohoo! nice!

22Carol420
Edited: Jun 28, 12:17pm

23Andrew-theQM
Jun 28, 1:42pm

Well done everyone a great month, now a short wait to find out where we go next. 👏👏👏

24Carol420
Edited: Jun 28, 4:43pm

>23 Andrew-theQM: We're going to North Carolina. A really beautiful state and home to the Great Smokey Mountains.

25Andrew-theQM
Jun 29, 5:25pm

>24 Carol420: Might be the perfect time to get to a Diane Chamberlain book.

26Carol420
Jun 30, 12:34pm

>25 Andrew-theQM: I haven't read anything by her in ages. Might be time for another one.

27Andrew-theQM
Jun 30, 3:05pm

>26 Carol420: Me either.

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