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The Resource Citizen sailors : becoming American in the age of revolution, Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

Citizen sailors : becoming American in the age of revolution, Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

Label
Citizen sailors : becoming American in the age of revolution
Title
Citizen sailors
Title remainder
becoming American in the age of revolution
Statement of responsibility
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the decades after the United States formally declared its independence in 1776, Americans struggled to gain recognition of their new republic and their rights as citizens. None had to fight harder than the nation's seamen, whose labor took them far from home and deep into the Atlantic world. Citizen Sailors tells the story of how their efforts to become American at sea in the midst of war and revolution created the first national, racially inclusive model of United States citizenship. Nathan Perl-Rosenthal immerses us in sailors' pursuit of safe passage through the ocean world during the turbulent age of revolution. Challenged by British press-gangs and French privateersmen, who considered them Britons and rejected their citizenship claims, American seamen demanded that the U.S. government take action to protect them. In response, federal leaders created a system of national identification documents for sailors and issued them to tens of thousands of mariners of all races--nearly a century before such credentials came into wider use. Citizenship for American sailors was strikingly ahead of its time: it marked the federal government's most extensive foray into defining the boundaries of national belonging until the Civil War era, and the government's most explicit recognition of Black Americans' equal membership as well. This remarkable system succeeded in safeguarding seafarers, but it fell victim to rising racism and nativism after 1815. Not until the twentieth century would the United States again embrace such an inclusive vision of American nationhood"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1982-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Perl-Rosenthal, Nathan
Dewey number
359.0092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E182
LC item number
.P435 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sailors
  • Sailors
  • Sailors
  • Citizenship
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Citizen sailors : becoming American in the age of revolution, Nathan Perl-Rosenthal
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223114680052
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- The common sense of nationality -- Britons or Americans? -- America afloat -- Nation in a storm -- The crisis -- The struggle -- Sailors into citizens -- Paper citizens on a paper sea -- Epilogue -- Appendix: The records of the London Agency
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
372 pages
Isbn
9780674286153
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015023421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025286603
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 907204511
  • (OCoLC)907204511
Label
Citizen sailors : becoming American in the age of revolution, Nathan Perl-Rosenthal
Publication
Bar code
31223114680052
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- The common sense of nationality -- Britons or Americans? -- America afloat -- Nation in a storm -- The crisis -- The struggle -- Sailors into citizens -- Paper citizens on a paper sea -- Epilogue -- Appendix: The records of the London Agency
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
372 pages
Isbn
9780674286153
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015023421
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025286603
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 907204511
  • (OCoLC)907204511

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