Purrington Lecture Series

Purrington Lecture Series presents author Eric Jay Dolin at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. There is still time to register for the Purrington Lecture Series featuring Eric Jay Dolin, author of Rebels at Sea and Leviathan, on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation is cosponsored with the Mattapoisett Museum and will be held in person at the Mattapoisett Library. Dolin will speak about his latest title, Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.

            The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels, from 20-foot whaleboats to 40-cannon men-of-war that truly revealed the new nation’s character―above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. In Rebels at Sea, best-selling historian Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets and pikes―as well as government documents granting them the right to seize enemy ships―thousands of privateers tormented the British on the broad Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before.

            Eric Jay Dolin is the author of fifteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. A graduate of Brown, Yale and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.

            To learn more about the Mattapoisett Museum, visit mattapoisettmuseum.org or visit in person Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 pm. Admission is free for members and $5 per adult; children under 18 are admitted free.

            The Purrington Lecture Series is funded by the Mattapoisett Library Trust, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to expanding the role of the Library in the community. Please visit the library’s website to learn more about the Trust.

            To register, send an email to jjones@sailsinc.org or visit the library’s calendar of events to find the registration form. The library’s website can be found at mattapoisettlibrary.org; find great digital resources and learn more about our events on our site.

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