Opportunities of Empire: Three Barbary captives and American nation-building, 1770-1840
“Opportunities of Empire” is a collective biography of three uncommon commoners in the early American republic: Richard O’Brien (1758–1824), James Cathcart (1767–1843) and James Riley (1777-1840). As a biographical microhistory, this study explores how these three ordinary citizens engaged in self-making on the maritime and western frontiers, and in doing so, influenced and reflected American nation-building and the development of concepts of liberty, masculinity and nationhood in the early...[Show more]
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