Jack Tar vs. John Bull: The Role of New York's Seamen in Precipitating the Revolution

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1997-06-01
Publisher(s): Routledge
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This classic study explores the role of merchant seamen in precipitating the American revolution. It analyzes the participation of seamen in impressment riots, the Stamp Act Riot, the Battle of Golden Hill, and other incidents. The book describes these events and explores the social world of the seamen, offering explanations for their actions. Focusing on the culture, politics, and experiences of early American seamen, this legendary study played an important role in the development of histories of the common people and has inspired generations of social and early American historians. Lemisch's later related article, "Jack Tar in the Streets," was named one of the ten most important articles ever published in the prestigiousWilliam and Mary Quarterly.Long unavailable, this edition includes an index and an appreciative foreword by Marcus Rediker, author ofBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750 (Ph.D.Dissertation, Yale University, 1962)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Marcus Rediker
Preface xvii
Who Was Jack Tar?
Impressment of Seamen in Colonial New York
``A Parsill of Raskills'': August 1760
Impressment in New York: The Early Period
Impressment During the French and Indian War
The Peace-Time War: New York vs. the Royal Navy
Jack Tar's Life, Liberty, and Property
Jack Tar on the Beach: The Birth of the Mob
Jack Tar in the Streets: The Stamp Act Crisis
Strange Ballast
Riots: Left vs. Right
We Will Have the Stamps!
Who and Why
Factions: Left vs. Left
Jack Tar in the Streets: Before the Mast of Liberty, 1766-1770
The British Army in New York
Supplying the Army
The Battle of Golden Hill
Epilogue. Jack Tar and the American Revolution 149(10)
Bibliographical Note 159(12)
Selected Other Work by the Author 171(6)
Index 177

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