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"From Captives to Consuls is full of fascinating detail and insight. I admire the book's imaginativeness, as well as its thorough approach, expression, coherence, and readability."

"Brilliantly researched and accessibly written, From Captives to Consuls examines the extraordinary careers of three ordinary Americans to provide an illuminating meditation on the limits and possibilities of self-making in the early American republic."

"Perhaps the best book on the American encounter with the Barbary States—but that is selling it short. Goodin has with clarity and skill reshaped our understanding of early American history. This superbly researched and written exploration of the creation of American identity examines the lives of three extraordinary figures to illuminate their world, and ours."

"From Captives to Consuls is simultaneously a rousing tale of three mariners captured by corsairs and held to ransom and a thoughtful and innovative study of how national identity was forged through personal experience. An ambitious addition to the growing literature on the United States in the Atlantic World and to our understanding of how personal, national, and transnational histories connect."

From Captives to Consuls
Three Sailors in Barbary and Their Self-Making across the Early American Republic, 1770-1840
Publication Date: 13 Oct 2020
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 224 pages
Illustrations: 13 b&w illus.
ISBN: 9781421438979