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May 2017

Victims of American Independence

May 2 at 7:30 pm
David Library, 1201 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977 United States
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – 7:30 PM Brett Goodin, Ph. D., the Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Postdoctoral Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution: “Victims of American Independence?”  Declaring independence from Great Britain inadvertently opened American sailors to capture and enslavement in the North African “Barbary States” of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco. Between the years 1785 and 1815 approximately 500-700 American sailors were held as “white slaves,” primarily for ransom rather than labor, in North Africa. Among the most prolific American…

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