Monday, September 19, 2005

Liberty on the Waterfront: Historian Explores America's Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution, September 29

Chestertown, MD, September 19, 2005 — Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and Sultana Projects, Inc., as part of the 2005 Maritime Lecture Series, present "Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution," a lecture by historian Paul Gilje, Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Book signing to follow.

Winner of the North American Society for Oceanic History John Lyman Book Award and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Best Book Award for 2004, Gilje's latest book, Liberty on the Waterfront, sheds light on what liberty meant to America's maritime culture during the Age of Revolution. At the time of the Revolution, American sailors emerged as an important symbol of the spirit of the new nation: the stereotypical sailor represented a culture and value system that challenged the dominant ideals of both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By exploring the history of our nation's maritime culture, Gilje will examine the concept of liberty held by these common Americans of the time in comparison with the more esoteric definitions of liberty penned by the Founding Fathers. A professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, Gilje is the author of Rioting in America and The Road to Mobocracy: Popular Disorder in New York City, 1763-1834. He is the co-editor of American Artisans: Crafting Social Identity, 1750-1850 and Keepers of the Revolution: New Yorkers at Work in the Early Republic.

The talk is sponsored by Washington College's C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and Chestertown's Sultana Projects, Inc., which operates the reproduction 1768 Schooner Sultana and conducts educational cruises and outreach programs to promote a greater appreciation for the Chesapeake Bay's history and environment. The C. V. Starr Center opened in 2000 as an innovative forum for new scholarship about American history. Drawing on the special historical strengths of Washington College and Chestertown, the Center is dedicated to exploring the early republic, the rise of democracy, and the manifold ways in which the founding era continues to shape American culture.

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