348 S. Fifth Street Highlands NC 28741 US

Start date: Monday, July 1 2024.


 On Monday, July 1, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Resource person: Audra Bullard - office@clehighlands.com


Americans have always had a fascination with what we are told was our first foreign war, the action against the “Barbary Pirates.” We all know “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli,” but just who were we fighting? This presentation will place these people in the long history of seaborne violence on the Mediterranean Sea. We’ll explore how politics and religion made theft, murder, and enslavement on fast ships an act of statecraft, and learn who benefitted from the continued existence of the Corsairs for over three centuries. We may even question whether they were pirates at all.

Presenter: Max Owre is the Executive Director of Carolina Public Humanities. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he obtained his PhD in modern European history from UNCCH in 2008. Max is a lecturer in the History Department, teaching courses in European, world and colonial history since 2007. Max is a principal organizer, and frequent host and moderator of CPH Events. He also lectures frequently for CPH on various topics in French and European history

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