Book Discussion: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 5:30pm
The Society of the Four Arts

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Facilitated by: Mr. Billy David 

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures the forgotten Barbary Wars that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas. 

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary Coast routinely captured American merchant ships and held the sailors as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. 

For fifteen years, America had tried to work with the four Muslim powers (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco) driving the piracy, but negotiation proved impossible. Realizing it was time to stand up to the intimidation, Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status. 

Talk of Kings Book Discussion. Delve into some of the most intriguing and captivating tales in history and culture. Discussions are open to the public and will be held in the Dixon Education Building during restoration of the King Library.


Schedule & Tickets

Free · Call 561-655-7226

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 5:30pm · add to calendar 2018-04-03 17:30:00 2018-04-03 20:30:00 America/New_York Book Discussion: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL, 33480

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