Albert Bushnell Hart by Albert Bushnell Hart

Albert Bushnell Hart

byAlbert Bushnell Hart

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Since neither France nor Great Britain would accept the opportunity to make a friend of the United States, the captures went on; and England added the impressment of American seamen from American merchant vessels. The idea that a subject of the British Empire could change his allegiance and become the citizen of another nation seemed to England a dangerous novelty. Still, if the great sea-power had been willing to pay a little more wages to her men-of-warsmen, she could have filled her ships by enlistment. If she had been content to "press" men from her own merchant ships, she would not have aroused the antipathy of the Americans. To save a few hundred thousand pounds and to assert a right to claim Englishmen who had become American citizens, Great Britain gave unpardonable offense to the little United States.

When the war broke out, more than 5,000 Americans had been at one time or another impressed; and 2,000 or 3,000 were actually serving on board British men-of-war till the hostilities began. Then, having been originally seized without reason, they were made prisoners of war...

About the Author
Albert Bushnell Hart
Professor of Government, Harvard University

Title:Albert Bushnell HartFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:VolumesOfValueLanguage:English

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