• On Wide Seas

  • The US Navy in the Jacksonian Era
  • By: Claude Berube
  • Narrated by: Larry Peterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A meticulously researched account of how the US Navy evolved between the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

The 1830s are an overlooked period in American naval history and usually overshadowed by the more dramatic War of 1812 and Civil War. Nevertheless, the personnel, operations, technologies, policies, and vision of the Navy of that era, which was emerging from the “Age of Sail”, are important components of its evolution, setting it on the long path to its status as a global maritime power.

On Wide Seas: The US Navy in the Jacksonian Era details the ways in which the US Navy transformed from an antiquated arm of the nation’s military infrastructure into a more dynamic and effective force that was soon to play a pivotal role in a number of national and international conflicts. 

By Andrew Jackson’s inauguration in 1829, the Navy had engaged with two major powers, defended American shipping, conducted anti-piracy operations, and provided a substantive, long-term overseas presence. The Navy began to transform during Jackson’s administration, due in part to the policies of the administration and to the emerging officer corps, which sought to professionalize its own ranks, modernize the platforms on which it sailed, and define its own role within national affairs and in the broader global maritime commons. Jackson had built his reputation as a soldier, but he quickly recognized as president the necessity for a navy that could foster his policies. To expand American commerce, he needed a navy that could defend shipping as well as conduct punitive raids or deterrence missions.

Jackson developed a clear, concise naval strategy that policymakers and officers alike could seize and execute. He also provided a vision for the Navy, interceded to resolve naval disciplinary challenges, and directed naval operations. Also, given Jackson’s own politics, junior officers were emboldened by the populist era to challenge traditional, conservative thinking. They carried out a collective vision that coincided with the national literary movement that recognized America’s future would rely upon the Navy. 

©2021 Claude Berube (P)2021 Claude Berube
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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