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A. Roger Ekirch
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)

The Crisis in American-British Relations Over the 1797 Mutiny on the British Frigate "Hermione"

This book-length study sets out to examine the most violent mutiny in the history of Britain's Royal Navy whereby crew members in 1797 murdered the captain and nine officers aboard the "Hermione" in the Caribbean. Of primary concern are the uprising's repercussions for both the young American republic and the presidency of John Adams. The mutiny thrust upon the administration a set of incendiary issues involving human rights and national sovereignty, owing to the purported presence of impressed American sailors aboard the vessel and the threatened extradition of U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals to Britain for their alleged hand in the violence. Apart from playing a role of unheralded magnitude in the presidential election of 1800, the crisis widened the nation's open door to political refugees, thereby fulfilling America's Revolutionary mission as an "asylum for mankind."

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014