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Author Gilje, Paul A., 1951-

Title Free trade and sailors' rights in the War of 1812 / Paul A. Gilje
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012


Description 1 online resource
Contents Machine generated contents note: Part I. Free Trade: 1. The Enlightenment and defining free trade; 2. The revolutionary experience; 3. The new diplomacy; 4. Legacy; Part II. Sailors' Rights: 5. Anglo-American traditions; 6. The rise of Jack Tar; 7. Impressment; 8. Citizenship; 9. The Hermione and the rights of man; Part III. Origins: 10. Empire of liberty; 11. Indians in the way; 12. Contested commerce; 13. The ordeal of Jack Tar; 14. Honor; Part IV: War: 15. The odyssey of the Essex; 16. The language of combat; 17. Politics of war; 18. Pursuit of peace; 19. Dartmoor; Part V. Memory: 20. Winning the peace; 21. Remembering impressment; 22. The persistent dream; 23. Politics; 24. Popular culture; 25. Conclusion
Summary "This book examines the political slogan "free trade and sailors rights" and traces its sources to eighteenth-century intellectual thought and Americans' previous experience with impressment into the British navy"-- Provided by publisher
"On July 2, 1812, Captain David Porter raised a banner on the USS Essex proclaiming free trade and sailors rights thus creating a political slogan that explained the War of 1812. Free trade demanded the protection of American commerce, while sailors, rights insisted that the British end the impressment of seamen from American ships. Repeated for decades in Congress and in taverns, the slogan reminds us today that our second war with Great Britain was not a mistake. It was a contest for the ideals of the American Revolution bringing together both the high culture of the Enlightenment to establish a new political economy and the low culture of the common folk to assert the equality of humankind. Understanding the War of 1812 and the motto that came to explain it free trade and sailors, rights allows us to better comprehend the origins of the American nation"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Mottoes -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Free trade -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Sailors -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Impressment -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY -- United States -- 19th Century.
Diplomatic relations
Free trade
Sailors -- Social conditions
SUBJECT United States -- History -- War of 1812.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1783-1815.
United States -- Commerce -- History -- 19th century
Subject United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781107341739