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What you don’t know about Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates

Brian Kilmeade, Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” by Brian Kilmeade now available in paperback. Commodore Edward Preble, commander of the USS Constitution, had spent much of the summer of 1804 dealing with heavy seas of the Tripoli coast where he tried to maintain his blockade. He had

How Thomas Jefferson abandoned diplomacy and changed US history

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then a minister to the French government of Louis XVI, had a concern more intimidating than anything else he’d faced before: the threat of pirates off the coast of North Africa, a region known as the Barbary Coast. These pirates had already taken over two American ships, the Dauphin and the