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Book Signing: Matthew McKenzie

June 29

With skillful storytelling in his book Breaking the Banks: Representations and Realities in New England Fisheries, 1866-1966, Matthew McKenzie weaves together the industrial, cultural, political, and ecological history of New England’s fisheries through the story of how the Boston haddock fleet―one of the region’s largest and most heavily industrialized―rose, flourished, and then fished itself into near oblivion before the arrival of foreign competition in 1961. This fleet also embodied the industry’s change during this period, as it shucked its sail-and-oar, hook-and-line origins to embrace mechanized power and propulsion, more sophisticated business practices, and political engagement.

Join us for a book signing with the author, an associate professor of history and maritime studies at the University of Connecticut and currently serves on the New England Fishery Management Council.