Monday, April 11, 2011
Raise the Jolly Roger
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.--H.L. Menkin
In theory, you could ask your Congresman to issue a letter of marque and reprisal to conduct privateering in the high seas. Article 1, section 8 of the Constitution lists this as one of the enumerated powers of Congress along with the power to declare war. I'm not sure how many Americans have petitioned their Representative to do this but it's there. Just in case, I bought some books on piracy and privateering. I still have yet to read even one of them.
1. Under the Black Flag; The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates, David Cordingly (1995). Bought used. Can't remember where.
2. The Privateers: A Raiding Voyage to the Great South Sea, Fleming Macliesh and Martin Krieger (1962). Bought used Warrenton Library book sale.
3. The Reign of the Pirates, Archibald Hurd (1925). Bought used, State Department book store.
4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seaman, Pirates and the Anglo American Maritme World, 1700-1750, Marcus Rediker (1987). Bought used. Can't remember where.