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Author Berry, Stephen Russell, 1970-
Title A path in the mighty waters : shipboard life and Atlantic crossings to the New World / Stephen R. Berry.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015.

Author Berry, Stephen Russell, 1970-
Subject Seafaring life -- Atlantic Ocean -- History -- 18th century.
Merchant ships -- Passenger accommodation -- Social aspects.
Transatlantic voyages -- Social aspects.
Ocean travel -- Social aspects.
Atlantic Ocean Region -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 18th century.
Description 1 online resource
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Summary "This book tells the story of how people experienced the eighteenth-century crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, exploring the transformative journey undertaken by the thousands of Europeans who journeyed in search of a better life. Stephen Berry shows how the ships, on which passengers were contained in close quarters for months at a time, operated as compressed "frontiers," where diverse groups encountered one another and established new patterns of social organization. As he argues that experiences aboard ship served as a profound conversion experience for travelers, both spiritually and culturally, Berry reframes the history of Atlantic migrations, giving the ocean and the ship a more prominent role in Atlantic history. The ocean was more than a backdrop for human events: it actively shaped historical experiences by furnishing a dissociative break from normal patterns of life and a formative stage in travelers' processes of collective identification"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- INTRODUCTION: Charting Courses -- CHAPTER ONE: Embarkation -- CHAPTER TWO: Sea Legs -- CHAPTER THREE: Shipmates -- CHAPTER FOUR: Unbroken Horizons -- CHAPTER FIVE: Crossing Lines -- CHAPTER SIX: Tedium -- CHAPTER SEVEN: Tempests -- CHAPTER EIGHT: Land Ho! -- CONCLUSIONL: The Journey On -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- V -- W
ISBN 9780300210255 (electronic bk.)
0300210256 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 898893163
Additional Format Print version: Berry, Stephen Russell, 1970- Path in the mighty waters 9780300204230 (DLC) 2014017670 (OCoLC)877369858.