True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity by Dane A. Morrison (review)

True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity by Dane A. Morrison (review) JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2016) that this man went to in order to refashion himself during the most pivotal years of this country's history. Ed ward E. A ndr ews is an associate professor of history at Providence College. He is the author of Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World (Cambridge, MA, 2013) and is currently writing a book on race and religion in Newport, Rhode Island. True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity. By Dane A. Morrison. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. Pp. 257 xxii. Cloth, $34.95; eBook, $34.95.) Reviewed by Will B. Mackintosh Dane Morrison's True Yankees is a closely told account of five American travelers who made the long voyage to Canton, China, between 1785 and 1840. Morrison weaves their five journeys into an extended meditation on "how [Americans] discovered their [national] character in the South Seas" through exploration, trade, and encounters with the diverse peoples of Europe, Asia, and Oceania (xii). This is a heavy analytical burden for five individual travelers to carry, but nevertheless True Yankees finds subtle differences in "national character" as understood by Americans who looked east rather than http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity by Dane A. Morrison (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 36 (4) – Dec 21, 2016

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JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2016) that this man went to in order to refashion himself during the most pivotal years of this country's history. Ed ward E. A ndr ews is an associate professor of history at Providence College. He is the author of Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World (Cambridge, MA, 2013) and is currently writing a book on race and religion in Newport, Rhode Island. True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity. By Dane A. Morrison. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. Pp. 257 xxii. Cloth, $34.95; eBook, $34.95.) Reviewed by Will B. Mackintosh Dane Morrison's True Yankees is a closely told account of five American travelers who made the long voyage to Canton, China, between 1785 and 1840. Morrison weaves their five journeys into an extended meditation on "how [Americans] discovered their [national] character in the South Seas" through exploration, trade, and encounters with the diverse peoples of Europe, Asia, and Oceania (xii). This is a heavy analytical burden for five individual travelers to carry, but nevertheless True Yankees finds subtle differences in "national character" as understood by Americans who looked east rather than

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