October 23
Life Beneath the Quarterdeck: The Experience of the Common Sailor in the 19th Century
Burt Logan, President, USS Constitution Museum

Readings:
1.MacDonald, “Feeding Nelson’s Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era”
2.Melville, White Jacket, chapters 15, 63, and 77
3.Bown, Prologue-A Medical Mystery, in Scurvy: How a Surgeon, A Mariner, and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail

Question:
Regarding individual rights, in what ways was the life of the early 19th century sailor similar to those who lived and worked ashore? In what ways were they different? How might you explore these similarities and differences in the classroom with your students?