"It is hard to see how anyone could bring these points of view [of Grandy and Maffitt] together in the same book, but Simpson, has done it in Two Captains from Carolina
-D. G. Martin, The Mountaineer
"Two Captains from Carolina
is. . . an "improving book" that offers real history in specific and captivating anecdotes."
"Simpson's compelling portraits enrich our understanding of what life was like two centuries ago even as they address themes that are very much still with us today--race, poverty, hardship, and political and class conflict, to name a few."--Jack Betts, retired associate editor of the Charlotte Observer
From the Inside Flap
In Two Captains from Carolina, Bland Simpson twines together the lives of two accomplished nineteenth-century mariners from North Carolina--one African American, one Irish American. Though Moses Grandy (ca. 1791- ca. 1850) and John Newland Maffitt Jr. (1819-1886) never met, their stories bring to vivid life the saga of race and maritime culture in the antebellum and Civil War-era South. With his lyrical prose and inimitable voice, Bland Simpson offers readers a grand tale of the striving human spirit and the great divide that nearly sundered the nation.