Hampton Sides: The Uss Jeannette’S Trailblazing Voyage

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Hampton Sides: The Uss Jeannette’S Trailblazing Voyage
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This past winter, global warming contributed to a record low for sea ice levels in the Arctic. For hundreds of years, explorers have attempted to conquer the Arctic by sailing through this treacherous pack ice–and have failed. According to historian Hampton Sides, this long-held dream might be achievable in 2050 if current trends continue. Sides’ In the Kingdom of Ice focuses on one early expedition’s enthusiastic–and ultimately deadly–quest to reach the North Pole by sailing through the unforgiving ice. Drawing on personal letters, ship’s logs, and other historical documents, Sides expertly weaves a tale of the USS Jeannette’s ambitious departure in 1879, the two-year-long attempt to break through the ice, and the shipwreck that doomed the crew. More than half the expedition died of starvation and frostbite in the months that followed, but Sides will share why the Jeannette’s journey is not only a prime example of the Gilded Age and the youthful United States, but a yearning desire for adventure that continues today.
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By: Town Hall Seattle