This thesis analyzes the relationship between whaling and children's literature during the industry's Golden Age from 1815 to 1860. By examining previously overlooked primary source material, it shows how the pervasiveness of whaling extended beyond merely providing jobs and products for the nation. The industry proved captivating to American children as many nineteenth-century publishers included whaling in their publications. As a subject, whaling conveyed the simultaneous instruction and amusement characteristic of antebellum children's literature. While these texts adhered to many of the didactic tendencies prevalent in much of the era's juvenile literature, publishers generally resisted the trend of relying on domestic sources for the literature, instead choosing to incorporate numerous English references. By exploring the prevalence of whaling as a subject in antebellum children's literature, this thesis shows that whaling played a more significant role in American culture than has been recognized.
|Commitee:||Cleary, Patricia, Dabel, Jane|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American history, American literature|
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