On Monday, March 1, 2010, Dr. Henry P. Williams discussed “The Role of Piracy in Shaping the Constitution and the Early American Republic.” IWP President John Lenczowski introduced Dr. Williams, describing his extensive education at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, his travel abroad, and his accomplishments in the financial sector.
Dr. Williams proceeded to discuss the history of piracy in early America, particularly the problems caused for American trade and security by the Barbary pirates, and the American Founders’ responses to this issue. Dr. Williams brought to life the debates leading up to the creation of the U.S. Constitution, the attacks and humiliation Americans suffered at the hands of the pirates, the Tripolitan War, and the War of 1812.
Ultimately, the American experience with pirates led to the will to defend the nation from external threats, as well as the creation of the Navy and the Marines.
IWP friends, faculty, interns, and students enjoyed Dr. William’s talk, which served as an excellent reminder of the beginnings of America’s foreign policy.
Many thanks go to IWP Trustee Abby Moffat, who organized the lecture, and provided attendees with a lunch following the lecture.