Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

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In this engrossing account, Dolin Political Waters chronicles the epic history of the American whaling industry, which peaked in the mid 18th century as American whale oil lit the world Temporarily dealt a blow by the Revolutionary War, whaling grew tremendously in the first half of the 19th century, and then diminished after the 1870s, in part because of the rise of petroleum Many of America s pivotal moments were bound up with whaling the ships raided during the Boston Tea Party, for example, carried whale oil from Nantucket to London before loading up with tea Dolin also shows the ways whaling intersected with colonial conquest of Native Americanshad Indians not sold white settlers crucial coastal land, for example, Nantucket s whaling industry wouldn t have gotten off the ground He sketches the complex relationship between whaling and slavery service on a whaler served as a means of escape for some slaves, and whalers were occasionally converted into slave ships This account is at once grand and quirky, entertaining and informative 32 pages of illus July Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved.Killing whales is anathema now, but the whaling industry played a big part in the economic development of the U.S It affected, and was affected by, Indian settler relations, fugitive slaves, the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War James Boles reads this well organized history with a steadiness and clarity that keeps you listening Its long narrative sections are broken by quotes, journal entries, and rhymes, all enlivened as much as possible Life on a whaler was hard and usually rewarding only for the officers and owners Though Boless reading is pretty evenhanded emotionally, you sense a sympathy for the sailors, if not for the whales Discovery of oil in Pennsylvania and the corsetless whalebone fashion of the early twentieth century rendered the U.S whaling business obsolete J.B.G AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine 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    • Format Kindle
    • Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America
    • Eric Jay Dolin
    • Anglais
    • 16 February 2017
    • 513 pages

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