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Compare & Contrast Billy Budd by Herman Melville

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1790s: Late eighteenth-century warships of the British navy are powered by sails. Seventy-four-gun ships - especially fast and easy to handle - are most common. Steam power is being explored as a means of ship propulsion.

1890s: The United States begins building a "new navy" in the 1880s: ironclad steam-powered ships with a variety of weapons on board.

1924: The Five-Power Naval Limitation Treaty, signed in 1922, restricts Allied countries from building new battleships until 1931 and orders that most battleships of outdated construction be destroyed. Naval aircraft technology is developed during this period.

Today: Nearly half of the U.S. Navy's warships are propelled by nuclear reactors, which allow the ships to travel at high speeds without the need for fuel oil.

1790s: During the American Revolution, capital punishment had come under fire in America as a deplorable institution from the reign of King George. By 1796, Melville's home state of...

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