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The Aftermath of the Wars Against the Barbary Pirates

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"I know that nothing will stop the eternal increase from these pirates but the presence of an armed force." When U.S. president Thomas Jefferson wrote these words, pirates from the Barbary Coast had been attacking U.S. merchant ships for almost ten years. The United States was ready to fight and dispatched its new navy to confront the pirates. It was the first time the young nation had confronted an overseas enemy, the first use of covert military operations, and the first "small war" in U.S. history. In the years that followed, the United States ...

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Overview

"I know that nothing will stop the eternal increase from these pirates but the presence of an armed force." When U.S. president Thomas Jefferson wrote these words, pirates from the Barbary Coast had been attacking U.S. merchant ships for almost ten years. The United States was ready to fight and dispatched its new navy to confront the pirates. It was the first time the young nation had confronted an overseas enemy, the first use of covert military operations, and the first "small war" in U.S. history. In the years that followed, the United States would grow to become a superpower—fighting enemies around the world in both big wars and small ones. But no matter how big and powerful the United States became, it would never forget the lessons learned during that first small war against the Barbary pirates. Follow the dramatic story of war against the pirates—and the story of additional small wars that were often just as bloody and violent as the big ones.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822590941
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: Aftermath of History Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan January is an award-winning author of more than twenty nonfiction books for young readers, including The Iranian Revolution, Genocide, Globalize It!, The Stories of the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO-and Those Who Protest. Educated at Haverford College and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, January was also a Fulbright Scholar in Germany. He lives with his wife and two children in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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