"The Greatest Eloquence": James Cathcart and the Power of Words in Eighteenth-Century Barbary

dc.contributor.authorVoss, Julie R.
dc.date.accessioned2022-10-12T14:07:09Z
dc.date.available2022-10-12T14:07:09Z
dc.date.issued2022-08
dc.description.abstractYoung American seaman James Cathcart was captured by Algerian corsairs and held captive for eleven years. During that time, he rose through the slave hierarchy to a position of relative comfort and prosperity, moves accomplished partly through his ability to navigate complex relationships and partly through the power of literacy. The written account of his experience also demonstrates the power of words in how it not only relates events but also fashions Cathcart into a hero. This essay explores the power of language through Cathcart's experiences and through his writing about those experiences.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipReprinted from Commonplace: The Journal of Early American Life, Inc., August 2022 ©2022 by Julie R. Voss. By permission of the publishers.en_US
dc.identifier.citationJulie R. Voss, "'The Greatest Eloquence': James Cathcart and the Power of Words in Eighteenth-Century Barbary," *Commonplace: the journal of early American life*, accessed October 12, 2022, http://commonplace.online/article/the-greatest-eloquence/en_US
dc.identifier.issn1544-824X
dc.identifier.urihttps://lair.lr.edu/handle/20.500.12862/107
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCommonplace: The Journal of Early American Lifeen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectResearch Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Rhetoricen_US
dc.subjectResearch Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::History and philosophy subjects::History subjects::Historyen_US
dc.subjectliteracyen_US
dc.subjectslaveryen_US
dc.subjectJames Leander Cathcarten_US
dc.subjectBarbery (North Africa)en_US
dc.subjectpersonal narratives, diariesen_US
dc.title"The Greatest Eloquence": James Cathcart and the Power of Words in Eighteenth-Century Barbaryen_US
dc.typeArticle, Publisheden_US
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