Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805


“Author Joseph Wheelan has marvelously captured the story of America’s war against the Barbary pirates, our first war against terror and the nations that support it. The Barbary pirates, a Muslim enemy from Tripoli, attacked European and American merchant shipping with impunity. Jefferson ordered the U.S. Navy to Tripoli in 1801 to repel “force with force.” The Barbary War was also a proving ground for such young officers as William Bainbridge, Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, and David Porter -key players in the impending War of 1812 against Great Britain.”



Publication Information

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  • Creator Joseph Whelan
  • Publisher PublicAffairs
  • Year 2004
  • ISBN 10 0786714042
  • ISBN 13 978-0786714049

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  • Article Title Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date March 25, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 17, 2019