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To walk the walk of a sailor in the 1700s you would need a rolling gait. To talk the talk you need to attend the lecture "Swear Like a Sailor: Cursing in the American Age of Sail."

Paul Gilje of the University of Oklahoma, award-winning author of "Liberty on the Waterfront: Society and Culture of the American Maritime World in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850" (2004), will give the salty talk at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Old Dominion University's Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is sponsored by the ODU history department in cooperation with the Port Lecture Series for the Consortium for Maritime Research.

Gilje, a historian specializing in the American Revolution and Early Republic periods, will discuss the colorful (and not so colorful) language of sailors in Colonial America in his talk, based on his new research project that focuses on "The Language of Jack Tar" and the culture of sailors in the Revolutionary War.

To date, Gilje's work has focused on riots, labor, the mob and democracy. His book "Liberty on the Waterfront" won the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Best Book Award and the North American Society for Oceanic History Award, both in 2004. It also garnered the John Lyman Book Award for United States Maritime History.

Gilje's latest book, "The Making of the American Republic, 1763-1815," has just been released by Prentice Hall.

For more information contact the history department at 683-3949 or Maura Hametz, associate professor of history, at mhametz@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: January 27, 2006

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