By Sarah M. S. Pearsall
The extra lucky people who hence came upon themselves "all at sea" have been capable of use kin letters, with attendant emphases on familiarity, sensibility, and credits, in an effort to stay hooked up in occasions and areas of substantial disconnection. Portraying the relatives as a unified, affectionate, and chuffed entity in such letters supplied a method of surmounting matters approximately societies fractured via actual distance, worldwide wars, and extending social stratification. it could actually additionally offer social and financial leverage to person women and men in convinced conditions.
Sarah Pearsall explores the lives and letters of those households, revealing the occasionally surprising tales of these divided by means of sea. Ranging around the Anglophone Atlantic, together with mainland American colonies and states, Britain, and the British Caribbean, Pearsall argues that it was once this increasing Atlantic world-much greater than the yank Revolution-that reshaped modern beliefs approximately households, up to households themselves reshaped the transatlantic world.