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Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century

Sarah M. S. Pearsall


The Atlantic represented a world of opportunity in the 18th century, but it represented division also, separating families across its coasts. Whether due to economic shifts, changing political landscapes, imperial ambitions, or even simply personal tragedy, many families found themselves fractured and disoriented by the growth and later fissure of a larger Atlantic world. Such dislocation posed considerable challenges to all individuals who viewed orderly family relations as both a general and a personal ideal. The more fortunate individuals who thus found themselves ‘all at sea’ were able to ... More

Keywords: Atlantic, family, letters, familiarity, sensibility, credit, microhistory, empire, feeling, American Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. S. Pearsall, author
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University
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