Join us Wed., Mar. 1, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Dr. A. Roger Ekirch discusses his latest book American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution (Pantheon, hb., 320 pp., $30). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $61 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.
American Sanctuary delves into the far-reaching ramifications of a violent mutiny aboard a British frigate named the HMS Hermione. The book builds a strong case that the politics informing the controversy were instrumental in the historical refusals of the U.S. to extradite aliens charged solely with political crimes. Dr. Ekirch, a meticulous historian who writes with flair, brings the political theater of the early 1800s into full view.
A. Roger Ekirch was born in the nation’s capital, and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and John Hopkins University, and has received a Guggenheim fellowship. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. He now lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where he is a professor of history at Virginia Tech.