Liverpool – The American Connection Due for publication in 2014
This book is a greatly expanded and re-written version of a book with a similar title which Ron Jones wrote in 1986 but which has been out of print for many years.
It is Ron's contention that Liverpool can boast more American history than many American cities! Liverpool's American links can even be traced back to Columbus ("The discover of America was the maker of Liverpool" say the plaque on a statue of the great explorer at the city's Sefton Park Palm House) and continues through to recent times – former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has been married to two American women.
The first part of the book takes the form of an eye-opening American Heritage Trail through Liverpool City Centre. In recognition of the city's past as a slave port, there is also a Slavery Trail. Separate sections of the book then look at some of the big Liverpool-American themes – the trades in slaves, cotton and emigrants, for example, and the great ships so synonymous with transatlantic travel: from Cunard's tiny Britannia to ocean greyhounds such as the Aquitania and Mauretania.
World famous bird artist John James Audubon and writer Nathaniel Hawthorne are just two of the people with strong links with Liverpool. British hero General Banastre Tarleton and financier of the Revolution Robert Morris were both Liverpool-born but fought on opposite sides during the American War of Independance. Their stories, and others, will be told in this impressive 200+ page book which will be profusely illustrated, with many of the images published for the first time.
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