Young Men and the Sea
Yankee Seafarers in the Age of Sail
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Young Men and the Sea by Daniel Vickers
Book DescriptionTwo centuries of American maritime history, in which the Atlantic Ocean remained the great frontier Westward expansion has been the great narrative of the first two centuries of American history, but as historian Daniel Vickers demonstrates here, the horizon extended in all directions. For those who lived along the Atlantic coast, it was the East--and the Atlantic Ocean--that beckoned. While historical and fictional accounts have tended to stress the exceptional circumstances or psychological compulsions that drove men to sea, this book shows how normal a part of life seafaring was for those living near a coast before the mid--nineteenth century. Drawing on records of several thousand seamen and their voyages from Salem, Massachusetts, Young Men and the Sea offers a social history of seafaring in the colonial and early national period. In what sort of families were sailors raised? When did they go to sea? What were their chances of death? Whom did they marry, and how did their wives operate households in their absence? Answering these and many other questions, this book is destined to become a classic of American social and maritime history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300123661
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Daniel Vickers
Autobiography of Ashley Bowen (1728-1813), Paperback / softback (August 2006)
"Heretofore only available to scholars working in research libraries, The Autobiography of Ashley Bowen can now become essential reading in undergraduate courses." -- Robert A. McCaughey, Columbia University
Companion to Colonial America, Paperback (December 2005)» View all books by Daniel Vickers
A Companion to Colonial America consists of twenty-three original essays by expert historians on the key issues and topics in American colonial history. Each essay surveys the scholarship and prevailing interpretations in these key areas, discussing the differing arguments and assessing their merits.
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Author Biography - Daniel Vickers
Daniel Vickers is the head of the department of history at the University of British Columbia. His previous book, Farmers and Fisherman: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, won the John Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association and the Louis Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Vince Walsh is an independent scholar and project coordinator at the Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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