The Book Show #956

Albany, NY – Historian Martha Hodes talks to host Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina about her new book "The Sea Captain's Wife," the true story of a white, working-class New England widow who remarries a black mariner from the West Indies, ironically raising her social status by doing so. Hodes talks about how the story illustrates racial attitudes of the 19th century, both in America and the West Indies.