Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women & the Whalefishery, 1720-1870

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UNC Press Books, 2000 - 372 páginas
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the whaling industry in New England sent hundreds of ships and thousands of men to distant seas on voyages lasting up to five years. In Captain Ahab Had a Wife, Lisa Norling taps a rich vein of sources--including women's and men's letters and diaries, shipowners' records, Quaker meeting minutes and other church records, newspapers and magazines, censuses, and city directories--to reconstruct the lives of the "Cape Horn widows" left behind onshore.

Norling begins with the emergence of colonial whalefishery on the island of Nantucket and then follows the industry to mainland New Bedford in the nineteenth century, tracking the parallel shift from a patriarchal world to a more ambiguous Victorian culture of domesticity. Through the sea-wives' compelling and often poignant stories, Norling exposes the painful discrepancies between gender ideals and the reality of maritime life and documents the power of gender to shape both economic development and individual experience.
 

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NANTUCKET THE EIGHTEENTHCENTURY WHALEFISHERY
15
FAMILY FAITH COMMUNITY ON COLONIAL NANTUCKET
51
THE IMPACT OF RELIGIOUS REFORM REVOLUTION ROMANTICISM ON NANTUCKET
83
NEW BEDFORD THE NINETEENTHCENTURY WHALEFISHERY
117
LOVE MARRIAGE FAMILY IN THE NINETEENTHCENTURY WHALING COMMUNITIES
165
THE FAILURE OF VICTORIAN DOMESTICITY ON SHORE AT SEA
214
The Nantucket Girls Song
262
Annotated List of Major Informants by Family
271
NOTES
281
BIBLIOGRAPHY
329
INDEX
357
GENDER AND AMERICAN CULTURE
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Lisa Norling, associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, is coeditor of "Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920.

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