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Against the Tide: The Turbulent Times of a Black Entrepreneur

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Against the Tide: The Turbulent Times of a Black Entrepreneur

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Against the Tide is a true story that captures the fear and hardships faced by African Americans during a disturbing time in American history - the post-Reconstruction period that led to the introduction of Jim Crow laws.

Through hard work and determination, Hansford C. Bayton would rise from humble beginnings to become the captain and owner of two steamboats, a steam powered launch and a gas-powered launch that were used for excursions and mail delivery. The boats primarily plied the Rappahannock River but did transit the entire Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to Norfolk during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Unusual for an African American, he would acquire wealth and respect of both blacks and whites. Nevertheless, his boats were burned one by one. But with each malicious burning, and with lynchings on the rise, he would build again.

This book illuminates a time in American history when the surge of progress made by freedmen was sharply curtailed through the enactment of segregation laws and the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, Hansford C. Bayton died poor, but his story is one of dignified courage and determination when faced with overwhelming odds. Truly, he was a man who swam against the tide.

Foreword by Ambassador Andrew J. Young, Jr.

ISBN: 9798989076512

ISBN-10: 9798989076512

Publisher: Steamboat Era Museum

Publication Date: 11/02/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 11/20/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 140

Language: English


Maritime History & Piracy

African American & Black

United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD,