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Many people's concept of Blacks in these fields is that of crab picking and oyster shucking. The first book's objective was to graphically depict blacks in the widest expanse of the maritime trades.

Blacks were shown hand-tonging and dredging for oysters, making sails, pound net fishing and commercially steaming crabs. The initial research took approximately 12 years and included over 60 field visits throughout the Chesapeake watershed.

Some of the points of interest on Maryland's Eastern Shore included Oxford/Bellevue, Unionville/Cooperville, St. Michael's/Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury, Crisfield, Nanticoke, Quantico, and Kent Narrows.

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