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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: New Academia Publishing, LLC (December 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978771338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978771331
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,610,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Capt. Peter Strickland owes much to author Stephen H. Grant.
--Library of Congress, Center for the Book

This book offers a vivid picture of the unique career of a New Englander who was a pioneer in the diplomatic field in French West Africa.
--Carol Kimball, The Day, New London, Conn.

This is a great new historical source for Senegal, and for 19th century American shipping, trade, and foreign relations.
--L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, University of Delaware Library

Grant's careful blending of historical hindsight with Strickland's own words brings enormous value to our understanding of U.S. diplomacy. --Aaron Chassy, Foreign Service Journal

Stephen Grant has done a masterful job of weaving the strands and evidence of a multitalented individual's life into a coherent collage with his biography. --Mary-Charlotte Shealy

From the Publisher

This is an ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Book.

More About the Author

Writing is my second career after a diplomatic profession working as an education project manager in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with long-term postings in Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Indonesia, and El Salvador.

I have published five books in four countries: Guinea, Indonesia, El Salvador, and the USA. Three are history and photography books, based on my collection of vintage picture postcards. Two are biographies.

1. COLLECTING SHAKESPEARE: THE STORY OF HENRY AND EMILY FOLGER
Author: Stephen H. Grant
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
2715 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
2014
ISBN: 978-1-4214-1187-3
264 pages, hardcover

2. PETER STRICKLAND: NEW LONDON SHIPMASTER, BOSTON MERCHANT, FIRST CONSUL
TO SENEGAL
Author: Stephen H. Grant
Publisher: New Academia
P.O. Box 227420
Washington, DC 20038-7420
2007
ISBN: 978-0-9787713-3-1
Library of Congress Control No. 2006936786
201 pages, softcover

3. POSTALES SALVADOREÑAS DEL AYER/EARLY SALVADORAN POSTCARDS
Author: Stephen H. Grant
Publisher: María Escalón de Núñez Foundation
Avenida Olímpica, No. 3727
San Salvador, El Salvador
1999
ISBN: 99923-20-01-1
328 pages, hardcover
Bilingual edition: English & Spanish

4. FORMER POINTS OF VIEW: POSTCARDS & LITERARY PASSAGES FROM PRE-INDEPENDENCE INDONESIA
Author: Stephen H. Grant
Publisher: Lontar, Jakarta, Indonesia
1995
ISBN: 979-8083-22-9
168 pages, hardcover, softcover

5. IMAGES DE GUINEE
Author: Stephen H. Grant, B. Sivan, P. Durr, E. Tompapa
Publisher: Editions Imprimerie Mission Catholique,
B.P. 1006-bis
Conakry, Guinea
1991
148 pages, softcover

Please consult my website: www.stephenhgrant.com

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Stephen H. Grant's Peter Strickland.
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The author's extensive research into journals and government documents give us an intimate insight into the times covered.
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It is well written and very easy to read.
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As we have moved into the 21st century, it is hard to visualize what it was like in the 19th or early 20th century. Here is an account of one man and his entire life as an adult, from the Civil War through World War I, and his feeling that the beginning of the 20th century would see the end of war. Peter Strickland first sailed across the Atlantic on a ship not much longer than today's trailer trucks, and his last trip on a steamer longer than a football field (including end zones). The author's extensive research into journals and government documents give us an intimate insight into the times covered. I do have to admit I am somewhat prejudiced since the subject is an ancestor of my husband's. A marvelous book.
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Stephen Grant has written a wonderfully readable account of an exceptional personality. As an Africanist I was especially interested in Peter Strickland's activities on Goree island--he was a merchant there before becoming the first U.S. consul to Senegal, an unpaid position he held from 1883-1905--but other aspects of his life are equally interesting. His concern for common sailors in the merchant marine, for example, led him to publish a book to enlighten the public on their mistreatment.

Strickland kept a diary most of his life, and the author includes many excerpts to give us a flavor of his ideas in the context of his times. Along with a discussion of the primary sources on Strickland's life, he leaves us with the intriguing thought that some volumes of Strickland's diary are missing and could still turn up. If they do, they might add some details to his life, but they won't change the picture Stephen Grant has given us of a unique individual
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Stephen H. Grant's Peter Strickland. New England Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, and First Consul to Senegal gives us an engaging read and a fresh historical source for the little explored relations between the United States and West Africa during the last half of the nineteenth century. Born in New London, Connecticut in 1837, Peter Strickland first went to sea in 1857,as a nineteen year old man. Later a sea captain and merchant, Strickland served as U. S. consul to Gorée-Dakar Senegal from 1883-1906. He retired to his home in Dorchester, Massachusetts where until his death in 1921, he continued an active life as head of family, concerned citizen, and staunch advocate of the welfare of seamen and of Unites States commercial relations with West Africa. His career as consul is of interest to historians of Africa in its insights into late nineteenth century commerce along the coast from Senegal to Sierra Leone and the impact upon the United States' role of the onset of French colonialism. Through his consular dispatches, correspondence and a journal spanning twenty-five years, he documents the primary imports and exports of Senegal to the U. S., but also the business and social relations among those serving European and American interests from Gorée and Dakar. His knowledgeable and literate dispatches were widely shared within the U. S. Department of State.

Grant's account is objective yet sympathetic to his subject. He reveals a hard-working man, who managed to survive as an entrepreneur despite receiving no salary as consul, despite competition from the colonial powers taking over West Africa, and despite personal tragedy in a troubled marriage and the death of his oldest son by drowning in 1888 as he served as Vice Consul to his father.
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By Sam Rea on March 18, 2007
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Steve Grant's biography is a little gem. The preface tells of the author's search for his subject and reads with the pace and surprise of a treasure hunt. Grant has a special gift for writing history, perhaps especially biography. His eye for detail also sees his subject in the round and in all the colors of his time and setting. Grant's evocation of the Isle of Goree, by its nature a timeless spot as I (and least one other reviewer) have known it, is classic. Grant's style is exact yet zesty, allowing not a word in excess. The author and his subject share both New England origins and an African destination with a century in between. The result is a keen and affecting portrait of a Yankee shipmaster and merchant, who became the first U.S. consul to French West Africa. The volume is amply illustrated and expertly produced. I strongly recommend it.
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