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Fisher Folk Two Communities on Chesapeake Bay In the backwaters of Chesapeake Bay many people spend days crabbing or shellfishing alone from small boats speak with local accents reminiscent of Old World forebears believe and practice fundamental religion and value their work on the water and raising families over education. Cut off by the water and marshes that provide their livelihood they have tenaciously maintained their traditional ways of life. In this book Carolyn Ellis who lived among these fisher folk provides an intimate view of everyday life in two communities on the Bay. She describes the work of crabbing oyster tonging and oyster shucking in the seafood plants. She enters households to observe the people within their family circle and notes their activities within the community and their churches. Although similar in their economy and their resistance to outside control the two communities have evolved different patterns of social organization. In one the church has come to play a dominant role. It serves as the only l
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