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The Resource Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history
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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates
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the forgotten war that changed American history
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Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
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Language
eng
Summary
This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy--at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy's new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli--launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status
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contains biographical information
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Kilmeade, Brian
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Yaeger, Don
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  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Pirates
  • Pirates
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Africa, North
  • Mediterranean Region
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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
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Publication
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Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
18854524
Extent
xvi, 238 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781591848066
Lccn
2015490444
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
18854524
Extent
xvi, 238 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781591848066
Lccn
2015490444
Other physical details
ill., maps

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