Lawrence A. Peskin is an associate professor of history at Morgan State University in Baltimore and author of "Captives and Countrymen: Barbary Slavery and the American Public, 1785-1816" (2009). This article was originally published by the History News Service; attribution to the History News Service and the author is required for reprinting and redistribution of this article.
Dennis Gaffney is an Albany writer. He recently co-authored the book "The Seven-Day Scholar: The Presidents." For more information on the book visit www.7dayscholar.com.