Book Review-‘Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, economics, and the rise of American naval power, 1881–1921’by P. E. Pedisich

By Harold N. Boyer, published November 2020

Abstract

Pedisich (former Admiral Stephen B. Luce Chair of Naval Strategy, US Naval War College) has written a legislative history of the US Navy from the Progressive Era of American history to just after the end of the First World War. The navy, in the period from the end of the Civil War in 1865 until 1881, consisted of obsolete wooden ships under sail with a few ironclads many of which were in a state of disrepair. By 1881, this navy had become a mere shadow of the navy President Lincoln and his Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles crafted from 1861 to 1865…

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Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | American Revolution | American Civil War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies

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