This book presents a comprehensive historical analysis of merchant shipping on the high seas and associated shipbuilding under sovereign U.S. jurisdiction from precolonial times to the present. It identifies U.S. policy developments that have affected the merchant marine and shipbuilding industries.
1. The Rise of the Shipping Industry in Colonial America 2. The Golden Age 3. The Civil War and the Period of Decline: 1861–1913 4. World War I Maritime Policy and the National Security: 1914–1919 5. The Years between the Wars: 1919–1939 6. The Contribution of U.S. Shipbuilding and the Merchant Marine to the Second World War 7. American Maritime Power since World War II 8. The Shipbuilding Industry: A Summary of Developments and Commentary