Dr. Thiesen is the Atlantic-area historian for the U.S. Coast Guard and author of Industrializing American Shipbuilding: The Transformation of Ship Design and Construction, 1820–1920 and Cruise of the Dashing Wave: Rounding Cape Horn in 1860 (University Press of Florida, 2009 and 2010, respectively).

Articles by William H. Thiesen

U.S. Coast Guard

Change Hastened by Conflict

By William H. Thiesen
February 2015
In the decades leading to World War II, the number of African-Americans in the Coast Guard actually decreased because of a culture of discrimination against blacks. Despite their decline in ...