American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, And National Identity In The Age Of Revolution

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

byA. Roger Ekirch

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From “one of America’s most imaginative historians” (Gordon S. Wood).
 
The extraordinary story of the mutiny aboard the frigate HMS Hermione in 1797 (eight years after the mutiny on the Bounty)—the bloodiest mutiny ever suffered by the Royal Navy, that led to the extradition from America, and the hanging by the British, of the martyred sailor Jonathan Robbins. This event plunged the two-decade-old American Republic into a constitutional crisis, and powerfully contributed to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election of 1800. It propelled to the fore the fundamental issue of political asylum and extradition, still being debated today—more than two hundred years later.
 
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout)

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From “one of America’s most imaginative historians” (Gordon S. Wood).  The extraordinary story of the mutiny aboard the frigate HMS Hermione in 1797 (eight years after the mutiny on the Bounty)—the bloodiest mutiny ever suffered by the Royal Navy, that led to the extradition from America, and the hanging by the British, of the martyred...

A. ROGER EKIRCH was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, and Delmar, New York. He is the author of Bound for America, Birthright, and At Day’s Close. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and John Hopkins University, and is a professor of history at Virginia Tech.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.88 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Celebration for A. Roger Ekirch AMERICAN SANCTUARY   “A dramatic narrative linking the stories of a fierce, bloody mutiny on a British war vessel in 1797 to a legal battle over extradition that rocked John Adams’ administration, shaped the nation’s developing party system, and contributed to Adams’ defeat in the bitter Presidential struggle of 1800 and to the election of Thomas Jefferson.” —Bernard Bailyn, author of The Barbarous Years   “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   “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   “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 at the University of Virginia   "Fascinating. Ekirch is a marvelous storyteller. Beautifully written and engrossing, a book that should be of interest, to the historian, and to the general public. An important addition to our understanding of early American history." —James Roger Sharp, author of American Politics in the Early Republic   "Packed with drama. Ekirch tells this story with rich and powerful prose, demonstrating how this saga of the mutiny on the Hermione helped Americans develop their national identity during the early republic." —Paul A. Gilje, author of Liberty on the Waterfront