Academy of Lifelong Learning

Maryland 1850-1950 - Session 1

Bayly Janson-LaPalme

Tuesdays, February 2 – March 8 (six weeks)
4:15 – 5:45 pm
This course covers the history of Maryland during a century in which the state became, in many respects, “America in Miniature.” In the turbulent years prior to the Civil War, Marylanders increasingly turned towards the indus trial North, gradually abandoning the plantation economy of the South. The state that emerged embraced urbanism, immigration and innovation. By the beginning of the 20th Century, Maryland was known for its vibrant towns and small cities, family farms and – along the Bay – a burgeoning economy based on seafood. Baltimore grew to dominate the state; by 1950 it was the nation’s sixth largest city. Then it all changed. Emphasis in this course will be on how Marylanders influenced and, in turn, were influenced by those events from the Civil War through World War II, which changed them forever.