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Lights and shadows of sailor life

Date: 1848
Dimensions:
Overall: 198 x 125 x 25 mm, 0.35 kg
Medium: Cloth, gilt, engravings, printed text on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00001363
Place Manufactured:Boston

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    Book titled "Lights and shadows of sailor life, as exemplified in fifteen years' experience, including the more thrilling events of the U.S. exploring expedition, and reminiscences of an eventful life on the "mountain wave.", by Joseph G. Clark


    HistoryIn his book 'Lights and shadows of sailor life', Clark was attempting to awaken "the public sympathy to the nature and importance of claims of seamen; this, in my estimation, may be best accomplished by a truthful and lucid exhibition of the 'lights and shadows of sailor’s life..One great truth has long been apparent to my mind, which is, that the condition of the sailor must be improved before his character can be materially elevated.'"
    There was a push, particularly in America at this time for reform for the lives and conditions experienced by sailors. Democracy demanded rights aboard ships should reflect those experienced on land and sailors began to feel themselves 'politicised" by the cause. (Page 139, 'Devising Liberty', Konig, David (ed), Stanford University Press, 1995). Reform was written about and efforts by those such as Clark pushed to improve the life and morals of sailors, using notions of democracy and religion.
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    Web title: Lights and shadows of sailor life

    Primary title: LIGHTS AND SHADOWS OF SAILOR LIFE, AS EXEMPLIFIED IN FIFTEEN YEARS' EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING THE MORE THRILLING EVENTS OF THE US EXPLORING EXPEDITION, AND BOOK. REMINISCENCES OF AN EVENTFUL LIFE ON THE "MOUNTAIN WAVE". PUBLISHED BY BENJAMIN B MUSSEY

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