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"The fruit of a truly prodigious amount of research carried out by a blue-water sailor turned historian, Black Jacks deals with an important but largely neglected strand in the cable of American history." - Patri( O'Brian

"Licensed master mariner Bolster writes a descriptively rich, engaging narrative of African American seafarers from the 1740s to the 1860s. He recou,nts how tens of thousands

W. Jeffrey Bolster .. This excellent study is highly recomm ended."

BLACK JACKS

-Library journal

"Bolster deserves our thanks for recovering an exciting , essential chapter in African-American history. " - Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage "Many black sailors were sophisticated linguists, entrepreneurs in port, ready raconteurs; and Bolster draws from a range of literate, often lyrical voices in this little-known labor force ... [A] well-researched book"

- Publishers Weekly

W. Jeffrey Bolster is Hortense Cavis Shepherd Assistant Professor of History at the University of New

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Hampshire. A licensed master

African American Seamen

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mariner, he spent ten years aboard

in the Age of S11il 37 halftones, 3 maps, 3 tables $27.00 cloth

Also of interest:

PORTRAIT OF A PORT Boston, 1852 -1 914 W. H . BUNTING, Compiler and Annotator Belknap Press • 229 halftones $19.95 paper

Sea History 081 - Spring 1997  

7 THE AMERICAN FLAG AT SEA: Economics Alone Is Not the Answer by David A. O'Neil • 10 South Street Receives a Schooner, 30 Years Ago by Pete...

Sea History 081 - Spring 1997  

7 THE AMERICAN FLAG AT SEA: Economics Alone Is Not the Answer by David A. O'Neil • 10 South Street Receives a Schooner, 30 Years Ago by Pete...

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