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McWilliams frames Annapolis’ history as one in which disparate newcomers, including white retirees and striving Hispanic immigrants, have been drawn to the port by its “location, its culture, or its economic possibilities.” A strength of the book is its inclusion of short essays by other historians. Where the book is lacking is in not connecting Annapolis’ history to larger national and global issues.
Charles R. Foy review of Jane Wilson McWilliams, “Annapolis, A City on the Severn: A History” in Maryland Historical Magazine, 107, no. 2 (Summer 2012), 234-35.