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Young Men and the Sea: Yankee Seafarers in the Age of Sail
Two 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—tha ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Yale University Press
(first published June 10th 2005)
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Having read Daniel Vickers's superb Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachuetts, 1630-1850, I knew that I wanted to read what he had to say about Yankee seafarers. What an exceptional book! Beautifully written, engrossing, based on broad and deep research, this is a study of Salem, its people, and the backbone of its economy for over two hundred year--seafaring. Vickers reminds us that colonial America looked to the Atlantic for its trade, travel, and expansion mor ...more
Young Men and the Sea: Yankee Seafarers in the Age of Sail by Daniel Vickers
Impeccably researched, completely absorbing, exemplary history
Daniel Vicker's book has become my most-recommended book on the subject, a deeply, broadly, impeccably researched work, well-organized, of beautiful, eloquent, and exemplary historical writing.