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"I have just begun to fight!"

With those ringing words John Paul Jones replied to the British demand for surrender in 1779. And for that defiant stand the "Father of the American Navy" is remembered.

For four years young Captain Jones had fought in the naval battles of the American Revolution. He had raided the sea coast of England, captured a British sloop, and taken several merchant ships as prizes.

As captain of the frigate Ranger, he was the first to hoist the Stars and Stripes to the masthead of an American man-of-war. It was the proudest moment of his life, for this was a new flag of a new country—the United States of America. Captain Jones ordered a thirteen-gun salute and glowed with pride when he heard the answering salute of the French flagship. The youngest nation was recognized by the powerful country of France!

The captain's exploits off the coast of Scotland followed, when he scaled a ten-foot wall, spiked the guns of the fort in Solway Firth, and nearly kidnapped the Earl of Selkirk. Then, given command of the Bon Homme Richard, he and his men fought the English like tigers.

The life story of this great naval hero—a story of American daring and independence, of heroic sacrifices for friends and country—is magnificently told by Armstrong Sperry, a Newbery Medal winner who is especially noted for his stories of the sea.

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Armstrong Sperry

Armstrong Sperry

1897 1976
American
Armstrong Sperry was born and brought up in the rocky hills of New England, but within sight and sound of the sea. Possibly it is this early associa... See more

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John Paul Jones: The Pirate Patriot Reprint

John Paul Jones: The Pirate Patriot No illustrations
Reprinted in 2006 by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc
Available formats: Hardcover, Paperback
Series: Sterling Point Books Members Only
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Resource Guide

Plumfield Moms Podcast
Podcast

Landmark Books: What They Are and Why They Matter
Released in 2022 by Plumfield Moms Podcast
Available formats: Streaming Audio
Length: 52 min.
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Two-part episode hosted by Podcast Moms with guests Sandy Hall (Hall's Living Library), Jill Morgan (Purple House Press), and Tanya Arnold (Biblioguides) where they discuss the Landmark series, how they came to be and why they are worth adding to a home library.