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Diplomacy Classroom: The Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis

December 14, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EST

Barbary Pirates Diplomacy Classroom

What did diplomacy look like in the years of the early American republic?

In this segment of Diplomacy Classroom, we will learn about the aftermath and consequences of one of the United States’ first international trade and hostage crises. In 1793 North African Barbary pirates captured 11 American ships and 100 citizens, and U.S. diplomats worked to solve the crisis with no navy or substantial annual revenue, and with limited means to negotiate.

We will discuss how negotiations proceeded and concluded, and how the crisis affected the future of American diplomacy.

We will be joined by NMAD’s public historian, Dr. Alison Mann, who served as one of the consulting historians for our new simulation, The Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis: Negotiating Tribute and Trade. This program serves as an additional resource to use in the simulation.

Diplomacy Classroom is a monthly virtual event presented by the National Museum of American Diplomacy where we explore diplomacy through a historical event, person, or contemporary global issue.

The Barbary Pirates, the topic of this classroom experience, a project of the Cox Foundation, will also be featured in a major permanent exhibit funded by Ambassador John Loeb, Jr. in the Museum.


Diplomacy Classroom: The Barbary Pirates Hostage Crisis will be live-streamed on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 1:00-1:45 pm EST right here on this web page:

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December 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EST
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