By W. Jeffrey. Bolster
Bolster brings an intimate knowing of the ocean to this impressive bankruptcy within the formation of black the United States. as a result of their strange mobility, sailors have been the eyes and ears to worlds past the restricted horizon of black groups ashore. occasionally aiding to smuggle slaves to freedom, they have been extra usually a special conduit for information and knowledge of shock to blacks.
But for all its possibilities, lifestyles at sea used to be tough. Blacks actively contributed to the Atlantic maritime tradition shared by means of all seamen, yet have been frequently outsiders inside of it. shooting that pressure, Black Jacks examines not just how universal reports drew black and white sailors together—even as deeply internalized prejudices drove them apart—but additionally how the that means of race aboard send replaced with time. Bolster strains the tale to the top of the Civil conflict, whilst emancipated blacks started to be systematically excluded from maritime paintings. Rescuing African American seamen from obscurity, this stirring account unearths the severe position sailors performed in supporting forge new identities for black humans in America.
An epic story of the increase and fall of black seafaring, Black Jacks is African americans’ freedom tale offered from a clean perspective.
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BLACK JACKS: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey. Bolster