The Long Road to Annapolis: The Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic

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CHAPTER 6
Mutiny, Midshipmen,
and the Middle Class

By the early 1840s Americans had debated the naval academy question in the halls of Congress, in the wardrooms of navy ships, and on the pages of newspapers and magazines. Although some politicians, naval officers, and members of the public still did not see the need to replace the navy’s traditional on-the-job approach to education, disturbing social problems within the navy pointed to the need for a naval academy. In the antebellum period, life at sea took on a threatening, almost sinister character. The maritime literature of authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville, and Richard Henry Dana moved away from romanticized images of adventure at sea and focused instead on darker, more realistic descriptions of the sailor’s life. These writers contrasted the majesty of the sea with its harsh and unforgiving nature. They emphasized the experiences of common sailors—the hardships they endured and the cruelty they suffered at the hands of merciless, dictatorial sea captains. The U.S. Navy was very much a part of this changing view of seafaring life. Politicians, the press, and the general public no longer lavished the navy with praise, as they had during and after the War of 1812; increasingly they questioned the moral character of naval personnel. Secretary of the Navy James K. Paulding best articulated the country’s new attitude when he said that “a low, dirty, sordid feeling … seems to pervade all ranks of the Navy.”1

The naval academy debate in the 1830s and 1840s coincided with the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - Armed Ambassadors 1
  • Prologue - The Maddest Idea in the World 11
  • Chapter 1 - Defending the New Republic 19
  • Chapter 2 - Learning the Ropes 49
  • Chapter 3 - A West Point for the Navy? 69
  • Chapter 4 - Academies and Aristocracy in Andrew Jackson’s America 101
  • Chapter 5 - The Sword and the Pen 127
  • Chapter 6 - Mutiny, Midshipmen, and the Middle Class 163
  • Chapter 7 - Annapolis 195
  • Epilogue - Homecoming 231
  • Appendix 239
  • Notes 243
  • Bibliography 269
  • Index 283
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