Carruth, Gorton, ed. Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates. 8th ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1987. R 973.
On p. 124 under May 14, this source identifies Yusuf Karamanli as the man who started the Tripolitan War. Divided into four columns, each chronologically organized, this source is helpful to one seeking to determine the exact dates of obscure events in American history. CHRONOLOGY
Barton, David. Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion.Order now
Aledo, Tex.: Wallbuilders Press, 1996.
Written by a Christian author, this book tells of the Tripolitan War from a Christian perspective. While other books attribute tribute payments to be the cause of the war, this source goes beyond explaining the cause of the war to explain the religious fervor that drove the war (Christianity v. Islam). OTHER
Friedel, Frank, ed.
Harvard Guide to American History. 2 vol. Revised ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1974. R 973.016 F.
In vol 2, p. 783 under 39.6.1 is listed Bowman,Albert H., “Jefferson, Hamilton and American Foreign Policy,” Political Science Quarterly, 71 (1956) 18 and Varg, Paul A., Foreign Policies of the Founding Fathers (1963).
Formatted in chronological order, this source provides the titles of authoritative works on American history up to 1970. It is the principal reference tool for one seeking information on sources relevant to a particular topic. HARVARD GUIDE
Johnson, Allen and Dumas Malone, ed. Dictionary of American Biography. 3 vol. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1959.
R 920 D.
On pp. 187-190, this source gives a biographical sketch of the life of Stephen Decatur, with a special focus on Decatur’s involvement in the Tripolitan War. Especially interesting is the account of Decatur’s daring revenge on the Tripolitan ship whose crew murdered James Decatur, Stephen’s brother. BIOGRAPHY
Leckie, Robert. The Wars of America.
New York: Harper & Row, 1968. R 973 L.
On pp. 226-227, this source tells of Jefferson’s hasty rebuilding of the United States Navy to provide battleships for the Tripolitan War. Specifically written about the wars of America, this source provides information on not only the technical planning of the war, but also the political planning involved in the war. OTHER
Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary.
3d ed. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1994. R 910.3 M. On p.
1200 under “Tripoli,” this source gives the location of Tripoli, the country which began the Tripolitan War with the United States. Also, the dictionary provides a brief sketch of the history of Tripoli. For those seeking information on the location of historical sites, this source is an essential. GAZETTEER
Morris, Richard B. and Jeffrey B. Morris ed.
Encyclopedia of American History. 7th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1996. R 973.03 E.
1009, this source summarizes Stephen Decatur’s heroic recapture of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia during the Tripolitan War. Divided into four sections, “Basic Chronology,” “Topical Chronology,” “Five Hundred Notable Americans,” and “Structure of the Federal Government,” this source provides a brief commentary on almost any subject relating to American history or government. ENCYCLOPEDIA .