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Kenneth J. Blume, PH.D.


  • Ph.D. in History, State University of New York at Binghamton


  • American Civil War
  • American Government
  • American National Character
  • Hitler's Empire
  • Humanities 102
  • Humanities 201
  • International Relations
  • Modern American Foreign Policy
  • Studies in Leadership
  • The Human Beast
  • Vietnam War


  • Nineteenth century U.S. diplomatic and maritime history, and in particular: U.S. shipping subsidies, 1865-1914
  • United States-Brazil Mail Steamship Company, 1864-1893
  • Relationship between coal and foreign policy in 19th century
  • 19th century steam shipping to the Caribbean; African-American diplomats, 1865-1914
  • History of the U.S. maritime industry and maritime entrepreneurs.


  • Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I, 2nd ed., Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
  • Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry. Scarecrow Press, 2012.
  • The A to Z of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I. Scarecrow Press, 2010.
  • Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I. Scarecrow Press, 2005.


  • Advancing American Seapower: The Story of Richard W. Meade III (1837-1897)
  • Painful Cases: The Antebellum Navy and its Efficiency Boards of 1855-1857
  • Sable Diplomats: African-Americans in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, 1865-1914


Blume K. Peace, Stability, and Blackbirding in the South Pacific: The U. S. Navy and Samoa. Journal of American-East Asian Relations (invited, submitted, and now under consideration).

"Cruise of the U.S.S. Narragansett"; "United States Exploring Expedition". Historical Dictionary of Oceania, 1981.

"Alfred Thayer Mahan"; "Caspar Goodrich". Biographical Dictionary of Internationalists, 1983.

"The Hairy Ape Reconsidered: The American Merchant Seaman and the Transition from Sail to Steam in the Nineteenth Century". The American Neptune, 1984.

The Flight From the Flag: The American Government, the British Caribbean and the American Merchant Marine, 1861-1865". Civil War History, 1986.

"Coal and Diplomacy in the British Caribbean During the Civil War". Civil War History, 1995.

"U.S. Foreign Policy, 1865-1918: General Works"; "Transport: General Works". Reader's Guide to American History, 1997.

"James Alden"; "Andrew Hull Foote";  "Richard W. Meade III". American National Biography, 1999.

"Navy: U.S.A."; "Navy: C.S.A."; "Blockade". Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, 2000.

“Concessions Where Concessions Could be Made: The Naval Efficiency Boards of 1855-1857”.  New Interpretations of Naval History, Selected Papers from the Fourteenth Naval History Symposium, Naval Institute Press, 2001.

"Albany College of Pharmacy"; "Hamilton College". The Encyclopedia of New York State, 2005.

“Alexander Clark”; “William Henry Harrison Heard”;“William Frank Powell”; “John E. W. Thompson”.  African American National Biography, 2008.

"Rush-Bagot Treaty"; "Anglo-American Treaty"; "Adams-Onis Treaty"; "Webster-Ashburton Treaty"; "Oregon Treaty"; "Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo"; "Alaska Purchase"; "Burlingame Treaty"; "Hay-Herran Treaty"; Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty. Age of Imperialism, 2007.

"Frederick Douglass"; "Frederick Douglass, `What is the 4th of July to a Slave?'"; "Henry Highland Garnet"; Mifflin W. Gibbs"; "John Mercer Langston"; "Amistad Case". Encyclopedia of Free Blacks and Free People of Color in the Americas, 2010.


Dr. Blume's book reviews and review essays have appeared in the following publications:

  • American Neptune
  • Business History Review
  • Civil War History
  • International Journal of Maritime History
  • Journal of American History
  • Journal of Southern History
  • Log of Mystic Seaport
  • Naval Historical Foundation Book Reviews
  • The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord
  • Retired Officer Magazine
  • Sea History
  • Seaport: Steamboat Bill/Power Ships


Blume K. Blackbirding in the South Pacific:  The U.S. Confronts the Pacific Slave Trade. Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Philadelphia PA, June 22, 2018.