in 1842 harriet jacobs escaped to the north by a boat. she was determined to reclaim her daughter from sawyer, who had sent her to brooklyn, new york to work as a house servant. it has been ten years since her escape from north carolina, where harriet jacobs lived the extreme and uncertain life of a fugitive slave.
the uss philadelphia ran aground in tripoli harbor during the first barbary war.
decatur led a group of men to sneak aboard the philadelphia and set it aflame to deny the pirates based in tripoli the opportunity to pillage and use the philadelphia in their attacks on merchant vessels.
president woodrow wilson hoped to achieve everlasting peace in europe with his 14 points.