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White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War

White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War by Herman Melville
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This is a tale based on Melville's experiences aboard the USS United States from 1843 to 1844. It comments on the harsh and brutal realities of service in the US Navy at that time, but beyond this the narrator has created for the reader graphic symbols for class distinction, segregation and slavery aboard this microcosm of the world, the USS Neversink. (Introduction by James K. White)

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WHITE JACKET

OR

THE WORLD IN A MAN OF WAR

BY HERMAN MELVILLE

AUTHOR OF "TYPEE," "OMOO," AND "MOBY DICK"

NEW YORK

UNITED STATES BOOK COMPANY

5 AND 7 EAST SIXTEENTH STREET

CHICAGO: 266 & 268 WABASH AVE.

Copyright, 1892

BY ELIZABETH S. MELVILLE

"Conceive him now in a man of war; with his letters of mart, well armed, victualed, and appointed, and see how he acquits himself." FULLER'S "Good Sea Captain."

NOTE. In the year 1843 I shipped as "ordinary seaman" on board of a United States frigate then lying in a harbor of the Pacific Ocean. After remaining in this frigate for more than a year, I was discharged from the service upon the vessel's arrival home. My man of war experiences and observations have been incorporated in the present volume.

New York, March, 1850.

I. THE JACKET. II. HOMEWARD BOUND. III. A GLANCE AT THE PRINCIPAL DIVISIONS, INTO WHICH A MAN OF WAR'S CREW IS DIVIDED. IV. JACK CHASE. V. JACK CHASE ON A SPANISH QUARTER DECK... Continue reading book >>


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