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    Sailing to Freedom

    Author Timothy Walker talked about the maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African Americans' paid and unpaid waterfront labor. The Nantucket Historical…

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    Wampanoag People

    Darius Coombs, Wampanoag and Eastern Woodlands director at Plimoth Patuxet, discussed the culture of the Wampanoag people who lived in the Plymouth area prior to the arrival of the…

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    Whaleship Essex Sinking and Aftermath

    Nathaniel Philbrick talked about his book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which details the sinking of the Essex in the Pacific Ocean following a destructive attack…

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    19th Century Irish Immigration

    Westfield State University history professor emerita Catherine Shannon discussed the large-scale Irish immigration to America in the mid-nineteenth century. She also talked about the…

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    Frederick Douglass in Ireland

    Irish historian Christine Kinealy discussed Frederick Douglass' time in Ireland during an 18-month trip to promote abolitionism abroad in 1845 and 1846. She argued that Douglass was moved…

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    Religion and the Massachusetts Bay Colony

    Founded in the early 17th century, the Massachusetts Bay Colony had a predominately Puritan population who governed from the basis of their beliefs. Richard Pickering of Plimoth Plantation…

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    Readings from Moby-Dick and Whaleship Logs

    In 1998 the Nantucket Historical Association initiated a project to index the whaleship logs held in its archives. As the work progressed, a project volunteer noticed numerous entries that…

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    Legacy of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

    “Moby-Dick” was a written by Herman Melville and published in 1851. Nathaniel Philbrick, author of “Why Read Moby-Dick?,” discussed his love of the classic novel and its lasting legacy. The…

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    19th Century Whaling

    During a period of the 19th century, Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts was a hub for whaling around the world. Peggi Godwin of the Nantucket Historical Association discussed the…

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    Artist Rockwell Kent's Illustrated "Moby-Dick"

    Artist Rockwell Kent provided more than 300 illustrations for a 1930 edition of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby-Dick,” which went on to become a best-seller once reprinted in a Random House pocket edition. The…

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    Herman Melville - Sailor and Writer

    Between 1839 and 1844 Herman Melville worked aboard three whaleships as well as other sailing vessels. Melville scholar Mary K. Bercaw Edwards detailed his time spent as a sailor and discussed…

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    Abolition Movement, 1790-1820

    Paul Polgar talked about his book, Standard-Bearers of Equality: America’s First Abolition Movement. He argued that these early Black and white activists sought to end racial inequality,…

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    Women and Colonial Law

    “Coverture” is a legal term giving sole authority over a woman to her father, and then her husband at the time of marriage. Catherine Allgor, president of the Massachusetts Historical…

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