Way of the Ship: America's Maritime History Reenvisoned, 1600-2000 / Edition 1

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The history of shipping in America, as traditionally recounted, is based primarily on the fortunes of the American merchant marine. This book offers a global perspective and considers 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 look at American maritime history and the ways it helped shaped the nation’s history. It features beautiful color images of paintings by today’s premier marine artist, John Stobart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470136003
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/16/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,267,332
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents



PART I: When Shipping Was King: Colonial Shipping and the Making of America, 1600–1783.

1 The Colonies and the Sea.

2 Richard Hakluyt’s Maritime Plantations.

3 John Winthrop’s Godly Society by the Sea.

4 Codfish, Timber, and Profit.

5 An Infant Industry.

6 The Shipping Business in 1700.

7 The Eclipse of Boston.

8 Coastal Commerce in Colonial America.

9 The Sailor’s Life.

10 War and Transformation.

PART II: A World within Themselves: The Golden Age and the Rise of Inland Shipping, 1783–1861.

11 A Tale of Two Ports.

12 Robert Livingston and the Art of the Deal.

13 Robert Fulton and the Art of Steaming.

14 The War of 1812.

15 Henry Shreve and the Taming of the River.

16 DeWitt Clinton and the Canal Craze.

17 Rushing to San Francisco.

18 Steam, Speed, Schedule: A Business Model for the Golden Age.

19 Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Growth of Infrastructure.

PART III: Maritime Industry and Labor in the Gilded Age, 1861–1914.

20 The Hinge of War.

21 Anaconda, Anyone?

22 Benjamin Franklin Isherwood and the Industrialization of Ship Production.

23 The Alabama and Commerce War.

24 Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Rise of the Railroad.

25 Marcus Hanna and the Growth of Heartland Shipping.

26 John Lynch and the Quest for a National Maritime Policy.

27 John Roach and the New Shipbuilding.

28 West Coast Shipping and the Rise of Maritime Labor.

29 Andrew Furuseth, the Unions, and the Law.

30 Ships, Steel, and More Labor.

PART IV: The Weight of War, 1905–1956.

31 Mahan, Roosevelt, and the Seaborne Empire.

32 War and Woodrow Wilson.

33 Robert Dollar and the Business of Shipping, 1920–1929.

34 A Tale of Two Harrys: The Radicalization of West Coast Labor.

35 Hugo Black and Direct Subsidy, 1935–1941.

36 The Henry Bacon and the War in the Atlantic, 1941–1945.

37 Henry Kaiser and the War in the Pacific, 1941–1945.

38 Edward Stettinius and Flags of Convenience.

PART V: Megaship: The Rise of the Invisible, Automated Bulk Carrier, 1956–2000.

39 Daniel K. Ludwig and the Giant Ships.

40 Malcom McLean and the Container Revolution.

41 Farewell the Finger Pier: The Changing Face of Ports.

42 The Shrinking Giant: Maritime Labor in an Age of Mechanization.

43 Richard Nixon and the Quest for a National Maritime Policy.

44 Hot Wars and Cold.

45 Ted Arison and the Fun Cruise for Thousands.

46 Conclusion.


Appendix A World and U.S. Commercial Vessels.

Appendix B Value of U.S. Waterborne Cargo, 1790–1994.

Appendix C Maritime Labor, 1925-2000.

Appendix D U.S. Shipbuilding, 1769-1969.


Bibliographic Essay.


Art Credits.


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