The Way of the Ship: America's Maritime History Reenvisoned, 1600-2000

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John Wiley & Sons, 2008 - History - 521 pages
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From Native Americans with birch bark canoes and inventive colonists who took fishing shallops and laid decks over them for coastal trading to the rise of the automated mass carrier and ever-bigger passenger cruise ships, this book tells the story of four hundred years of America's maritime history. It is filled with powerful and evocative images of ships such as the Mayflower, Savannah, Flying Cloud, Alabama, Sea-Land McLean, and Exxon Valdez; ports, including Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Salem, Buffalo, and Seattle; and people such as Joseph Peabody, Robert Fulton, Mark Twain, Donald McKay, Cornelius Vanderbilt, J. P. Morgan, and Malcom McLean.

The Way of the Ship offers a global perspective and considers both oceanic shipping and domestic shipping along America's coasts and inland waterways, with explanations of the forces that influenced the way of the ship. The result is an eye-opening, authoritative look at American maritime history and the ways it helped shape the nation's history.

Includes 16 color pages of marine paintings by John Stobart.

This is part of a two-book project created by the American Maritime History Project, Inc., an independent enterprise with an office at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.


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ALEX ROLAND is a Professor of History at Duke University, where he teaches military history and the history of technology. He previously taught at the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Naval Academy. The author of several books, he is currently writing a biography of Robert Fulton.

W. JEFFREY BOLSTER, a maritime historian, is a Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. His book Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year."

ALEXANDER KEYSSAR is the Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts, which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians and was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." His 2000 book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, received the Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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