By Sarah M. S. Pearsall
The extra lucky people who hence chanced on themselves "all at sea" have been in a position to use kinfolk letters, with attendant emphases on familiarity, sensibility, and credits, so as to stay attached in occasions and locations of substantial disconnection. Portraying the relations as a unified, affectionate, and chuffed entity in such letters supplied a method of surmounting issues approximately societies fractured via actual distance, international wars, and extending social stratification. it will probably additionally supply social and fiscal leverage to person women and men in definite situations.
Sarah Pearsall explores the lives and letters of those households, revealing the occasionally surprising tales of these divided via sea. Ranging around the Anglophone Atlantic, together with mainland American colonies and states, Britain, and the British Caribbean, Pearsall argues that it used to be this increasing Atlantic world-much greater than the yank Revolution-that reshaped modern beliefs approximately households, up to households themselves reshaped the transatlantic world.
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