Leaving Home Illustration

Leaving Home


“Step this way, gentlemen, to join the crew of America’s finest frigate.” Standing in the street of a seaport, Constitution’s recruiting officer Charles Morgan has a well-rehearsed story. He tells potential seamen about the pay, the food, and the chance of glory and fortune in the Navy. Many men in the crowd do not
need any persuasion. Willing volunteers file into the Rendezvous. This makeshift recruiting office is a boarding house that Morgan has rented for two weeks.

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