Prof. Freedman and Prof. BurgessOn Tuesday, April 21st, the Honors Program hosted another installment of the Humanities Book Series as part of Humanities in Dialogue in the Honors Lounge.

In front of an intimate audience of faculty and students, Professor Jeffrey Freedman (History) interviewed Professor Douglas Burgess (History) about his recent book, The Politics of Piracy: Crime and Civil Disobedience in Colonial America (University Press of New England, 2014.


Professor Burgess spoke about his research on the topic of piracy in the context of England’s legal relationship with the American colonies in the seventeenth century, mentioning the way in which the word ‘piracy’ changes depending on its historical context. He contrasted the popular stereotypes of pirates today with the historical reality of them as men engaging in illicit trade on behalf of the colonies, who were simultaneously a part of American colonial society. He also discussed the way this activity led to increased tension between America and the colonies. 

The book is available for sale online.


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