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ItemExplore Baltimore, Hon! Arts, Culture, Nature and Sports(College and Research Libraries News, 2016-12) Burclaff, Natalie; Calia-Lotz, GinaThose who have never been to Baltimore may be surprised by the rich and eclectic cultural life present in this city. Oozing with history, local pride, and ethnic diversity, there is truly something for everyone here. A visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor might in- clude a tour of the Historic Ships, sel es with the colorful crab sculptures, or a picturesque walk to Federal Hill Park. Maryland is often referred to as “America in miniature,” mak- ing Baltimore, its largest city, a hodgepodge of cultural in uences, artistic expressions, and historic institutions. Within the urban setting, you’ll also nd surprisingly expan- sive nature preserves and trails. Below is just a sampling of things to do while visiting during the ACRL 2017 conference. Come and find out why Baltimore is nicknamed “Charm City.” ItemIntroductions to Joseph L. Arnold's History of Baltimore(University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2015) Arnold, Joseph L.; Nix, Elizabeth M.How did Baltimore grow from a tiny hamlet in 1730 to the third most populous city in the nation in 1800? Joseph Arnold answers this question in the opening chapter of his sweeping account of two hundred years of Baltimore history. Arnold convincingly argues that Baltimore's success was not due to one charismatic individual who had a compelling vision or to an enthusiastic band of boosters who charted a pragmatic plan for economic growth. Rather, Arnold shows readers that the town’s success as a speculative settlement was birthed almost by the land itself. Arnold paints a picture of the gradual elevations that surrounded the harbor on the Chesapeake Bay, which seemed to provide an efficient route for tobacco rolling roads. When farmers exported their cured leaves to Europe in the 1730s and 1740s, Baltimore jostled for their business with many other tobacco landings along the basin. Arnold demonstrates the advantages of Baltimore’s location in the critical 1750s, when many nearby farmers switched to wheat as a cash crop. The swift streams that flowed into the harbor provided waterpower for grain mills, a crucial piece of the flour supply chain that demanded that farmers process cereal grains before they shipped them. In his comparisons to other fledgling towns in the Mid-Atlantic, Arnold points out that in the Baltimore region farmers could operate most efficiently. They grew their crops in the hinterland, hauled them to Baltimore for milling and then put their sacks of flour on ships that sailed directly to the West Indies and western Europe. The hills, streams and harbor seemed custom made for the profitable flour trade, and by 1776, Baltimore Town had grown into the sixth largest port in the colonies. ItemPoint of View(American Short Fiction, 2015-04-17) Delury, JaneHere is the opening of a story: I walked out the front door. A black man was biking down the street. Now here is that opening again: I walked out the front door. A man was biking down the street. Years of reading student fiction has taught me that the narrator in the first opening isn’t black. And, almost certainly, the writer of the story isn’t either. On Monday afternoon, I sit in a waiting room, a white woman among white women in an upper middle-class suburb of a city I love but leave every night after work. “It’s awful,” one woman says to another. “Did you see the photos of the CVS?” I know this careful energy from the classroom of the urban university where I teach. Race is in the room. I wait. Here it comes: “They aren’t getting on the light rail, at least,” the other woman says. ItemThe (Uncertain) Fate of Baltimore's Confederate Monuments(Crossties: News and Insights for Humanities Professionals, 2016-11) Nix, Elizabeth M.This past January I, an avowed preservationist, made the motion to remove a 129-year-old statue from Baltimore’s prominent Mount Vernon Square. As a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments, I encouraged my fellow commissioners to support a recommendation to deaccession the Roger Brooke Taney statue, erected in 1887 to honor the Maryland native who as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote the Dred Scott decision, which in 1857 denied African Americans with slave ancestors the right to citizenship and the U.S. government the right to regulate slavery in the western territories. The motion carried, along with another I supported to deaccession a twin equestrian statue of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall”Jackson, erected in 1948 and located about two miles north of the Taney statue. ItemWest-Side Seton Hill Melds Religious and Racial Skeins(Baltimore Gaslight/Baltimore City Historical Society, 2015-10) Nix, Elizabeth M.Seton Hill might befuddle the most devoted Baltimore history bu . It is named after Mother Seton, but was she an Oblate Sister? Was Johns Hopkins University origi- nally located there? Is the park at its center public or private? When was all the modern housing built? Is it possible to drive into the neighborhood from the north? Why do all of its streets direct drivers back onto Martin Luther King Boulevard? Was “Hill” de ned di erently in the 19th century? The curious will be rewarded; a little digging reveals that the neighborhood tucked around St. Mary’s Seminary and Orchard Street Church is a mi- crocosm of 200 years of Baltimore’s history of religious tolerance, institutional innovation, racial upheaval, and urban renewal.