An amazing array of people took part in designing, building, crewing, and sailing aboard the Titanic. There were men and women from a dozen countries on two continents who played a part in the great ship’s story, drawn from every social class and scores of professions, trades, and vocations. The world in the first decade of the Twentieth Century was a far different place than it is in the first decade of the Twenty-first: good, bad, or indifferent, almost all of the accoutrements of the Edwardian Era have been swept away. To fully–and properly–understand the actions and aspirations, the dreams, drives, and deeds of the men and women who were part of the Titanic‘s story, it must be remembered that the Titanic lived and died in a time when prejudices were an accepted fact of life, class distinctions were sharply drawn and sharply enforced, “egalitarianism” was just a long, obscure word in the dictionary, the “white man’s burden” was still being shouldered, and the sun of the Pax Britannica hadn’t yet set. It was a world so far removed from ours as to be almost incomprehensible. Whether such beliefs, attitudes and ideas were ultimately right or wrong is immaterial: what is essential is to remember that at the time they were accepted as valid, and people’s actions were determined by that validity.
Meet Daniel Allen ButlerDaniel Allen Butler is a maritime and military historian, the author (through summer 2010) of eight books. Some of his previous works include ""Unsinkable"--the Full Story of RMS Titanic;" "Distant Victory-the Battle of Jutland and the Allied Triumph in the First World War;" "The Age of Cunard-A Transatlantic History, 1839-2003;" and "The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic was Lost." Educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen, Butler served in the United States Army before becoming a full time author. He is an internationally-recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular guest-speaker, having given presentations at the National Archives in Washington DC, the Mariners Museum, and in the United Kingdom. He has also been frequently included in the on-board enrichment series of Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, as well as the ships of the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines. A self-proclaimed "professional beach bum," Butler divides what little time he spends away from his writing between his love of woodworking, his passion for his 1972 Triumph Spitfire, and his fascination with building model ships. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.