Shipwrecks, Treasure and Cannon Fire: The True Story of an American Privateer


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Compared with better-known stories of the Founding Fathers who, author and regular Reason contributor Jackson Kuhl note, "don't do much," the story of privateer Samuel Smedley is brimming with action. His new book, "Samuel Smedley, Connecticut Privateer," delves into this true-life tale of revolution, shipwrecks, treasure and cannon fire.'s Nick Gillespie sat down with the author to talk about Smedley, America's fascination with Revolutionary War biographies and Kuhl's desire for a film franchise.

Approx. 6 minutes.

Edited by Meredith Bragg. Camera by Meredith Bragg and Josh Swain.

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