By Christopher N. Matthews
As the principles of the fashionable global have been being laid initially of the nineteenth century, Annapolis, Maryland, pointed out itself because the historical urban. This strange appellation has served Annapolis into the current as a urban that has continuously outlined and redefined for itself what being historic potential. the method of old reputation and renovation that has performed out in Annapolis presents worthwhile insights into the best way smooth american citizens ordinarily have come to understand and use the previous.
Though usually conceived to be in competition, modernity and culture will be paired as cultural techniques that let the trendy global to be articulated with the culture it was hoping to exchange. The a number of histories and historical landscapes derived from archaeological investigations in Annapolis are provided to teach that the actual global lower than the skin of town has been outlined via structures of modernity in tandem with the survival of definite traditions.
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Extra resources for An Archaeology of History and Tradition: Moments of Danger in the Annapolis Landscape
An attempt to mediate the tensions it brought led to a new sense of Annapolis and its past. The Academy found favor in the city because it offered jobs to working people and a symbolic capital which local elites could capitalize on in different ways. At the end of the Civil War, the Naval Academy, which had been removed to Newport, Rhode Island, was resistant to the idea of returning to Annapolis. Leaders in Annapolis pleaded with Navy Department for the Academy's return and eventually won it by ensuring that they would bring the city facilities up to date.
The house remained John Beale Bordley's proerty, but it was rented to a series of tenants until 1811. The last of the tenants, John Johnson, bought the house in 1811. Johnson only owned the house for a month before selling it to William S. Green, a prominent Annapolitan descended from the well-known Green printing family of Annapolis (Little 1987, 1994). William Green, however, struggled in the weak political economy of the early 19th century and was forced into bankruptcy in 1845. At that point Alexander Randall obtained the site.
This situation helped Annapolitans because it secured a symbolic significance for their city that would sustain it for the long term. This is the central point to be explained in Chapter 4. 4. In 1845 a quarter of Annapolis frontage along the Severn River was given to the United States Navy as the home for their Academy. This new resident radically changed the look of the city with large new school buildings and facilofthe the old residents and visitors alike, the Naval ities, but from the point of view of School was an entity unto itself.