Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)
Date of Last Revision
3400 492 - Honors Project in History
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Arts
Date of Expected Graduation
In this honors research project, I intend to explore the effect of the whaling industry on women who lived in the community on the island of Nantucket, as well as how they affected the industry. The period I will focus on is the end of the 18th century through the middle of the 19th century, because this was the height of the whaling industry in the United States and during the majority of this time span Nantucket was home to the most active American whaling port, making it advantageous to examine the island’s community for my research. This project is worth doing because I think it is valuable to see how this microcosm on Nantucket fits into the larger picture of women’s roles in America between the 1700s and 1800s. Being able to look at one community and see how it fits into its time period as well as how it lines up with what comes before and after gives one a better understanding of the world around them.
Dr. Gina Martino
Dr. Kevin Kern
Honors Faculty Advisor
Dr. Michael Graham
Mitchell, Natalie, "A Girl's Song: Recounting Women and the Nantucket Whaling Industry, 1750-1890" (2020). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1017.