Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth by Sarah M. S. Pearsall

By Sarah M. S. Pearsall

The Atlantic represented a global of chance within the eighteenth century, however it represented department additionally, isolating households throughout its coasts. no matter if as a result of financial shifts, altering political landscapes, imperial pursuits, or maybe easily own tragedy, many households came across themselves fractured and disoriented by way of the expansion and later fissure of a bigger Atlantic global. Such dislocation posed significant demanding situations to all people who seen orderly family members kinfolk as either a normal and a private excellent.

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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