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The Formation of a Society on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1615–1655

James Perry

Copyright 1990
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Delmarva History Prize, Center for Delmarva History at Salisbury State University (1997)


In one of the most richly detailed accounts of early Virginia society yet written, James R. Perry provides a vivid portrait of how English settlers adapted to conditions along the Chesapeake Bay and their remarkable achievement in creating a stable and orderly society in the face of severe demographic disruption and an intractable environment. The result is a model of painstaking social history at the local level.

--James Horn

The effect of James R. Perry’s book will be considerable. As a work of scholarship, it is impeccable, drawing as it does on a considerable array of manuscript sources. As a piece of historical writing, it is well crafted and soundly argued. As an interpretation, it will be debatable, and that quality is what invests The Formation of a Society on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1615-1655 with significance.

--Warren M. Billings

This solid, well-written monograph is yet another useful contribution to the growing historical literature on the Chesapeake colonies in the seventeenth century.

--Maryland Historical Magazine