Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Shaw Research Library
American identity has always been shaped by its relationship with the wider world. At the moment of its independence in 1783, the new nation was a poor and powerless state trying to survive in a hostile world that bullied and ridiculed Americans. For their part, Yankee seafarers saw the world as populated by pirates and tyrants in the Mediterranean, corrupt mandarins in the China seas, idolatry and colonial oppression in the Indian Ocean, and bloodthirsty cannibals in the Pacific. The natural world was no kinder, as hidden shoals and terrifying monsoons ripped apart their ships and drowned their crews. Dane Morrison draws from his recent book, Eastward of Good Hope: Early America in a Dangerous World, to describe how the United States navigated its way across threatening seas to become a global superpower.
Dr. Dane Morrison is a Professor of Early American History in the Department of History at Salem State University, Salem, MA.
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