Save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Forced Into War: How Impressment Fueled the Royal Navy Evening Program on Zoom Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1H0576 Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text remove add PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The British Royal Navy ruled the waves in the 18th century, but its maritime superiority came at a high human cost. The navy impressed, or forced, tens of thousands of seamen into service. Once impressed, a sailor remained in the Royal Navy until he died, deserted, or a war ended—whichever came first. The practice took place across the early British Empire, including the American colonies, where it inspired particularly fierce resistance. Early Americans viewed impressment as a threat to their corporate and individual liberties and rioted against navy press gangs more frequently than against any other agents of British rule until the American Revolution. Ultimately, impressment appeared as a grievance in the Declaration of Independence and helped to cause the War of 1812, thereby shaping the fortunes of both Britain and the early United States. Join Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at George Washington University, in an exploration of a practice that often grabbed men from their beds, their ships, and even their weddings and forced them into wartime service. Brunsman’s book The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World (University of Virginia Press) is available for purchase. BOOK SALE INFORMATION Purchase your copy of The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World by Denver Brunsman here. SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.