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:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2123799.Black_Sailors?ac=1

Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail, W. Jeffery Bolster: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/174376.Black_Jacks?ac=1

The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/189572.The_Many_Headed_Hydra?ac=1

Pirate Article in The Roothttp://www.theroot.com/articles/history/2014/07/black_pirates_were_there_any.1.html

“African Americans in the Maritime Trades: A Guide to Resources in New England”: http://www.whalingmuseum.org/sites/default/files/pdf/KWM%20Monograph%20Series%20No%206_African%20Americans.pdf

A neat blog about Whaling Captain William A. Martin: https://pplspcoll.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/african-american-whaling-captain/

Whaling Captain Absalom Boston: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absalom_Boston

Captain William T. Shorey: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_T._Shorey

Robert Smalls (I have a framed page from a Harper’s Ferry article about him 🙂 )http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/which-slave-sailed-himself-to-freedom/

Howard University (African American Civil War Sailors Project): http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/cwss_partners_howardu.htm

“African-American Sailors Served in Our Nation’s ‘Private Navy’ ” http://www.baltimoremd.com/monuments/blacksatsea.html

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