The career of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s SS City of Peking, 1874–1910, both outlined and undermined the currents of American cultural identity, national policy, industrial development, and immigration and labor history. Most significantly, the roles it played in the establishment of an American Pacific challenged the moral foundations on which the American political system was founded.
Benevolent Desires and Dark Dominations: The Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s SS City of Peking and the United States in the Pacific 1874–1910
Mary C. Greenfield is currently completing her dissertation, “A Generation of Steam in the Pacific: Ships, States, and Statelessness in an Industrializing Pacific, 1836-1922,” at Yale University. Trained in US western history, transnational history, and material culture studies, Greenfield’s research interests focus on the Pacific Ocean as a border zone. Her recent article “The Game of One-Hundred Intelligences: Mahjong, Materials, and the Marketing of the Asian Exotic in the 1920s” (Pacific Historical Review August 2010) was a co-winner of the 2011 W. Turrentine Jackson award for outstanding graduate student essay.
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Mary C. Greenfield; Benevolent Desires and Dark Dominations: The Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s SS City of Peking and the United States in the Pacific 1874–1910. Southern California Quarterly 1 November 2012; 94 (4): 423–478. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2012.94.4.423
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