Pirates of the American Coast

Dates: October 26, 2021

Meets: Tu from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: MCC at Do Space 222

Registration Fee: $29.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.

From the banks of Maine to the Straits of Florida, piracy was an important feature of American colonial life; however, more than plaguing shipping and annoying merchants, pirates illustrated the limits of royal authority in the Thirteen Colonies. As recent scholarship has illustrated, pirate culture was highly democratic and egalitarian, and would even engage in abolitionist and anti-slavery activities in the century before the American Revolution. More than simple sea-bandits, some pirates like Cape Cod’s Samuel Bellamy were idealistic American revolutionaries born before their time. Others merely took advantage of the cracks in early America’s colonial system to get rich and live as outside of royal authority. And in Nassau, just off the coast of Florida in the Bahamas, an entire “Pirate Republic” flourished briefly before being snuffed out. Join us as we re-examine the legacies of Captain William Kidd, Blackbeard, and John Paul Jones and reveal the extent to which colonial America both tolerated and was terrorized by these mythic outlaws of the Atlantic.


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Fee: $29.00

MCC at Do Space 222

Quintin Slovek

Quintin Slovek is a fourth-generation Omahan and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and the University of Alabama American Studies Master's Program where he focused on early 20th century popular culture. Quintin worked as a teacher's assistant and later guest-lecturer for Omaha Public Schools award-winning Making Invisible Histories Visible Program from 2013 to 2019. He also served as an assistant artist and historical researcher for the South Omaha Mural Project, a public art series dedicated to the area's immigrant communities. He has also worked as a tour guide for the last three years, primarily focused on the Old Market area. His interests include labor and immigration history, Prohibition and organized crime, and collecting the merch of old-school Omaha restaurants, breweries, and other institutions.


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