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Cut from Different Cloth

Title: Cut from Different Cloth: The USS Constitution and the American Frigate Fleet.
Name(s): Byington, Richard Brownlow, author
Blaufarb, Rafe, professor directing dissertation
Ward, Candace, university representative
Grant, Jonathan A., 1963-, committee member
Jones, Maxine Deloris, committee member
Stoltzfus, Nathan, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (244 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The historiography of the early American navy and, more definitively, the USS Constitution's role in American consciousness revolve around the valorous acts associated with the naval engagement between the Constitution and the HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812. The basis for this mass public appeal was presented, disseminated, and perpetuated by historians, journalists, and popular writers. Paralleling historical and popular works, the public perception of the Constitution and the prowess of America's frigate fleet as a whole subsequently rose to dizzying heights after the War of 1812—based on the evidence emanating from a single naval engagement that lasted just over half an hour. This work seeks to examine how the Constitution ascended to such great military heights when all the odds were against American naval hegemony following the Revolutionary War. By comparing and contrasting naval correspondence, captain's logs, and ship records associated with America's original frigate fleet, a better sense of the collective biographies of the six frigates will be achieved; and, in the process, lend greater perspective to the history of the early American Navy. The methodology of this dissertation is to view the American Navy through the lens of the captains, officers, and crew that served on the Constitution. While this study looks to add insight into naval development by comparing and contrasting each of the original six American frigates, the USS Constitution is at the center of the investigation. This is a case study that utilizes the Constitution as a means to view and balance the successes and failures of the early American Navy.
Identifier: FSU_2015fall_Byington_fsu_0071E_12858 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: October 9, 2015.
Keywords: American, History, Military, Navy
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Rafe Blaufarb, Professor Directing Dissertation; Candace Ward, University Representative; Jonathan Grant, Committee Member; Maxine Jones, Committee Member; Nathan Stoltzfus, Committee Member.
Subject(s): United States -- History
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Host Institution: FSU

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