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Liberty Contained: Sarah Pogson's The Young Carolinians; or, Americans in Algiers

Liberty Contained: Sarah Pogson's The Young Carolinians; or, Americans in Algiers sarah ford Baylor University Liberty Contained Sarah Pogson's The Young Carolinians; or, Americans in Algiers Sarah Pogson's play The Young Carolinians; or, Americans in Algiers (1818) dramatizes the very tense period in the new republic when American sailors were captured by Barbary pirates and enslaved in Algiers. Pogson uses this historical context to explore ideas of nationalism, the place of women in the new nation, and the meaning of liberty. Two other betterknown works that treat slavery in Algiers, Royall Tyler's The Algerine Captive and Susanna Rowson's Slaves in Algiers, explore these same issues, but Pogson's play comes to quite different conclusions. Tyler uses a constructed and rather exotic space in his depiction of North Africa to critique the practice of slavery in America. Rowson uses the degrading position of Christian slaves in Moslem Algiers to discuss issues of gender inequity. Both proclaim the basic injustice of the slave system. Pogson, in contrast, suggests that societies, even the new republic with its inclinations toward democracy, need clear class structures. The play bypasses the religious and racial differences between America and Algiers to propose that the order needed by any society originates in a stable class system reinforced by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Liberty Contained: Sarah Pogson's The Young Carolinians; or, Americans in Algiers

Early American Literature , Volume 41 (1) – Sep 3, 2006

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sarah ford Baylor University Liberty Contained Sarah Pogson's The Young Carolinians; or, Americans in Algiers Sarah Pogson's play The Young Carolinians; or, Americans in Algiers (1818) dramatizes the very tense period in the new republic when American sailors were captured by Barbary pirates and enslaved in Algiers. Pogson uses this historical context to explore ideas of nationalism, the place of women in the new nation, and the meaning of liberty. Two other betterknown works that treat slavery in Algiers, Royall Tyler's The Algerine Captive and Susanna Rowson's Slaves in Algiers, explore these same issues, but Pogson's play comes to quite different conclusions. Tyler uses a constructed and rather exotic space in his depiction of North Africa to critique the practice of slavery in America. Rowson uses the degrading position of Christian slaves in Moslem Algiers to discuss issues of gender inequity. Both proclaim the basic injustice of the slave system. Pogson, in contrast, suggests that societies, even the new republic with its inclinations toward democracy, need clear class structures. The play bypasses the religious and racial differences between America and Algiers to propose that the order needed by any society originates in a stable class system reinforced by

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Sep 3, 2006

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