My name is Jamie Goodall and I am a staff historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C. All views expressed on my website are my own and are not reflective of my employer, the U.S. Army, or the Department of Defense. I am the author of Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars (The History Press, 2020) and National Geographic’s Pirates: Shipwrecks, Conquests, and their Lasting Legacy (Summer 2021). I am currently under contract with the History Press to produce a monograph on piracy in the mid-Atlantic due out in 2022. And I’ve contracted with the History Press to produce a biographical account of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy due out in 2023.
Formerly I was Assistant Professor of History at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland where I taught courses on a wide variety of historical subjects, including American and World History surveys, Intro to Public History, and Pirates of the Caribbean among many others.
I wish I could remember the exact moment I decided to enter the historical profession, but the truth is, a love of history has been with me since before I can remember. I recall mentally devouring my mother’s old Time Life books on ancient Egypt and Rome. As fond as I am of the fiction genre, I was always that weird kid whose nose was stuck in a non-fiction book–and it was usually a history book. It was a long and windy road that brought me to the PhD in history, but history has been the underlying theme of everything I’ve done.
Aug. 23, 2021
In Chesapeake Bay in the late 19th century, oyster harvesting was a big business. There were so many oyster harvesters harvesting so many oysters that the legislatures of Maryland and Virginia had to start regulating who cou…