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A. Roger Ekirch @ Books & Books!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

A. Roger Ekirch @ Books & Books!

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From “one of America’s most imaginative historians” (--Gordon S. Wood) comes AMERICAN SANCTUARY by A. Roger Ekirch: The extraordinary story of the mutiny aboard the frigate HMS Hermione in 1797 (eight years after the mutiny on the Bounty)--the bloodiest mutiny ever suffered by the Royal Navy, that led to the extradition from America, and the hanging by the British, of the martyred sailor Jonathan Robbins. This event plunged the two-decade-old American Republic into a constitutional crisis, and powerfully contributed to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election of 1800. It propelled to the fore the fundamental issue of political asylum and extradition, still being debated today--more than two hundred years later.

A major episode that, except for few historians and legal scholars, remains largely unknown. A fascinating saga that vividly recreates, in all its complexity, a critical moment (long overlooked and hiding in plain sight) in the history of the early Republic that has had an enduring impact on the evolving character of the country. The subject of extradition has been one of the most delicate and difficult of the law of nations.

The first book in half a century to explore the saga of the ill-fated frigate Hermione since the publication, in 1963, of Dudley Pope's The Black Ship. Ekirch's American Sanctuary is the first book to put the "Robbins Affair" in the larger context of its time and to show how its reverberations shaped a nation.

Makes clear that the crisis of the "Robbins Affair" was directly responsible for America's historic decision to grant political asylum to refugees from foreign governments, fulfilling Thomas Paine's notion of America as "an asylum for mankind."

The author's extraordinary reputation as "an unusually original and imaginative scholar and a fine historian" (Bernard Bailyn).

About the Author

A. Roger Ekirch was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, and Delmar, New York. He is the author of Bound for America, Birthright, and At Day's Close. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and John Hopkins University, and is a professor of history at Virginia Tech.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
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265 Aragon Ave
Coral GablesFL 33134
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Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)


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