• Unruly Desires

  • American Sailors and Homosexualities in the Age of Sail
  • By: William Benemann
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
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In its voracious hunger to fill its decks and spars with the bodies of strong young sailors, the nineteenth-century US Navy and the commercial maritime industry welcomed eccentrics, criminals, outcasts, and misfits into a community of the marginalized, one that held very different values and expectations than the towns and villages from which the young men fled—a community that offered a tentative refuge to men who were sexually attracted to other men.

Drawing from biographies and autobiographies, diaries, newspapers, government reports, Congressional hearings, religious tracts, pornography, ships' logs, medical treatises, maritime fiction, court-martial reports, personal letters and business correspondence, Benemann provides an in-depth examination of nineteenth century homosexual culture as it developed at sea and in America's port cities.

©2019 William Benemann (P)2022 Tantor
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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