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The Resource Chesapeake requiem : a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island, Earl Swift

Chesapeake requiem : a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island, Earl Swift

Label
Chesapeake requiem : a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island
Title
Chesapeake requiem
Title remainder
a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island
Statement of responsibility
Earl Swift
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Tangier Island, Virginia, is a community unique on the American landscape. Mapped by John Smith in 1608, settled during the American Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud is home to 470 hardy people who live an isolated and challenging existence, with one foot in the 21st century and another in times long passed. They are separated from their countrymen by the nation's largest estuary, and a twelve-mile boat trip across often tempestuous water--the same water that for generations has made Tangier's fleet of small fishing boats a chief source for the rightly prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and has lent the island its claim to fame as the softshell crab capital of the world. Yet for all of its long history, and despite its tenacity, Tangier is disappearing. The very water that has long sustained it is erasing the island day by day, wave by wave. It has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and still its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year--meaning this storied place will likely succumb first among U.S. towns to the effects of climate change. Experts reckon that, barring heroic intervention by the federal government, islanders could be forced to abandon their home within twenty-five years. Meanwhile, the graves of their forebears are being sprung open by encroaching tides, and the conservative and deeply religious Tangiermen ponder the end times. Chesapeake Requiem is an intimate look at the island's past, present and tenuous future, by an acclaimed journalist who spent much of the past two years living among Tangier's people, crabbing and oystering with its watermen, and observing its long traditions and odd ways. What emerges is the poignant tale of a world that has, quite nearly, gone by--and a leading-edge report on the coming fate of countless coastal communities
Summary
Presents a 200-year history of Chesapeake Bay's Tangier Island crabbing community while explaining how rapidly rising sea levels will render the island uninhabitable within 20 years
Tone
Writing style
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10685298
Cataloging source
DLC
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1958-
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Swift, Earl
Dewey number
639/.560975516
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
SH400.5.C7
LC item number
S95 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Crabbing
  • Blue crab
  • Tangier Island (Va.)
  • HISTORY
  • NATURE
  • TRAVEL
  • Blue crab
  • Crabbing
  • Virginia
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island
Label
Chesapeake requiem : a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island, Earl Swift
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
And every island fled away -- The Lord tells the water -- Eyeing the end times -- A people anointed -- The sea is come up
Control code
on1039420921
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
434 pages
Isbn
9780062661395
Lccn
2018024659
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028401560
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1039420921
Label
Chesapeake requiem : a year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island, Earl Swift
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
And every island fled away -- The Lord tells the water -- Eyeing the end times -- A people anointed -- The sea is come up
Control code
on1039420921
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
434 pages
Isbn
9780062661395
Lccn
2018024659
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028401560
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1039420921

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