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Writers LIVE! Frederick Leiner

Historian and attorney Frederick Leiner will recount the efforts of the American government to free 307 sailors and marines who were taken as prisoners of war by the Bashaw of Tripoli after their ship, the USS Philadelphia, ran aground in 1803.  The extensive negotiations to free the soldiers by President Thomas Jefferson and other branches of the U.S. government played an integral role in ending the First Barbary War in 1805.  Frederick Leiner will be joined in conversation by fellow historian and archivist Edward Papenfuse. 

Frederick Leiner is the author of The End of Barbary Terror and Millions for Defense.  

Edward Papenfuse is the former Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents.  

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually.   
  • To attend in person we strongly encourage you to register here.
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program. 

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Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Central Library, Poe Reading Room
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Writers LIVE!, Virtual Event

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Writers LIVE at the Library

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Emily Levine, Manager of Adult Services

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