American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martrydom, And National Identity In The Age Of Revolution
by A. Roger Ekirch
- Politics & Law, Society & Culture, American Regional
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Mutiny’s long reach
September 21, 1797: sailors aboard the frigate HMS Hermione mutinied after a series of humiliations by captain Hugh Pigot, murdering the captain and several officers. The mutineers escaped, but Britain spent years relentlessly tracking them down across the globe.
A. Roger Ekirch reveals how the incident led to the extradition from America, and the hanging, of the sailor Jonathan Robbins—and how it plunged the Republic into a constitutional crisis, influenced the outcome of the 1800 presidential election, and drove the historic decision to grant political asylum to refugees from foreign governments.
American Sanctuary uses the bloodiest mutiny in British history to shed new light on a critical moment in the history of early America.
“Although Roger Ekirch brings to this fascinating account of mutiny, martyrdom, and politics in the early American Republic the imagination and flair of a seasoned novelist, he is actually a superb historian; and the story he tells about America as the asylum for the oppressed of the world two centuries ago is not only true but timely.”—Gordon S. Wood, author of Empire of Liberty
“Roger Ekirch has done it again—another enthralling narrative that grows more important as the reader reflects upon its meaning.”—David Hackett Fischer, author of Washington’s Crossing
“One of the most important—and enjoyable—books I have read in many years…An extraordinary journey. Ekirch’s gripping narrative brings a largely forgotten episode to life, illuminating its immediate impact on party politics in a polarized, revolutionary age and on the new nation’s enduring identity as an asylum of liberty. Ekirch’s brilliant reconstruction is a triumph of historical research and analysis.”—Peter S. Onuf, Professor of History, University of Virginia
“Fascinating. Ekirch is a marvelous storyteller. Beautifully written and engrossing….An important addition to our understanding of early American history.”—James Roger Sharp, author of American Politics in the Early Republic
About the Author
A. Roger Ekirch is a professor of history at Virginia Tech. He is the acclaimed author of Bound for America: The Transportation of British Convicts to the Colonies, 1718-1775, Birthright: The True Story That Inspired Kidnapped, and At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||February 21, 2017|