Strange Country Ep. 69: Women Pirates
Release Date: 11/29/2018
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Arrgghh. It's time me maties to talk about the poop deck or the cockswain...wow could these words be more loaded? Anyone in episode 69--ha! 69!--Kelly and Beth tackle the seven seas and share a story of fair, or more appropriate fearsome pirate by the name of Anne Bonny who chose a life of crime.
Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.
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Anne Bonny and Mary Read http://rictornorton.co.uk/pirates.htm. Accessed Nov. 24, 2018.
Tucker, Philip Thomas. Anne Bonny, The infamous Female Pirate.
Woodard, Colin. More Than a Pirate, a Rebel With a Democratic Spirit
Opinion. New York Times. Nov. 22, 2018 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/22/opinion/blackbeard-pirate-golden-age-.html
Woodard, Colin. Republic of Pirates Website http://www.republicofpirates.net/Bonny.html, accessed Nov. 24, 2018.
Yolen, Jane. Bad Girls; sirens, jezebels, murderesses, thieves and other Female Villians. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2013.