Ian Rocksborough-Smith interviewed William D. Riddell about his new book On the Waves of Empire: U.S. Imperialism and Merchant Sailors, 1872-1924, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2023. Set mainly in the years preceding and following the Spanish-American War (1898) through World War I (1914-1918) and its aftermath, the book looks especially at the experiences of merchant sailors, their unions, and their labor leaders to indicate how class conflict impacted America’s emergent 20th Century empire.Read more →
posts and bio Ian Rocksborough-Smith
Ian Rocksborough-Smith teaches US and Canadian history at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada. He is the author of Black Public History in Chicago: Civil Rights Activism from World War II into the Cold War . He has been the Human Rights and International Solidarity Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE) Representative for the UFV-Faculty and Staff Association (Local 7).