African American Sailors & History

So, I just realized this morning that I posted a TBT post on Tuesday LOL Oh well! So absent-minded this week…

Anyway, I decided to cover one of my favourite topics in grad school: African American sailors in history (maritime history)…well, that, and pirates…on what is, hopefully, the real TBT this time…!

Here’s some books/links for more reading:

Black Sailors: Afro-American Merchant Seamen and Whalemen Prior to the Civil War, Martha S. Putney:

Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail, W. Jeffery Bolster:

The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic:

Pirate Article in The Root

“African Americans in the Maritime Trades: A Guide to Resources in New England”:

A neat blog about Whaling Captain William A. Martin:

Whaling Captain Absalom Boston:

Captain William T. Shorey:

Robert Smalls (I have a framed page from a Harper’s Ferry article about him 🙂 )

Howard University (African American Civil War Sailors Project):

“African-American Sailors Served in Our Nation’s ‘Private Navy’ ”


Author: The Chaos Realm

Copy Editor/Proofreader, Historian, Freelance Writer, Virtual Assistant.

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