Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730-1830 / Edition 1

Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730-1830 / Edition 1

by John Wood Sweet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812219783

ISBN-13: 9780812219784

Pub. Date: 01/01/2007

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

In this sweeping analysis of colonialism and its legacies, John Wood Sweet explores how the ongoing interaction of conquered Indians, English settlers, and enslaved Africans in New England produced a closely interwoven, though radically divided, society. The coming together of these diverse peoples profoundly shaped the character of colonial New England, the

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In this sweeping analysis of colonialism and its legacies, John Wood Sweet explores how the ongoing interaction of conquered Indians, English settlers, and enslaved Africans in New England produced a closely interwoven, though radically divided, society. The coming together of these diverse peoples profoundly shaped the character of colonial New England, the meanings of the Revolution in the North, and the making of American democracy writ large.

Critically engaged with current debates about the dynamics of culture, racial identity, and postcolonial politics, this innovative and intellectually capacious work is grounded in a remarkable array of evidence. What emerges from this analysis of colonial and early national censuses, newspapers, diaries, letters, court records, printed works, and visual images are the dramatic confrontations and subtle negotiations by which Indians, Africans, and Anglo-Americans defined their respective places in early New England. Citizenship, as Sweet reveals, was defined in meeting houses as well as in courthouses, in bedrooms as well as on battlefields, in land disputes as well as on streets. Bodies Politic reveals how the legacy of colonialism shaped the emergence of the nineteenth-century North and continues, even to this day, to shape all our lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812219784
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: After Origins

PT. I. COMING TOGETHER
1. Common Ground
2. Negotiating Slavery
3. Strange Christians

PT. II. LIVING TOGETHER
4. Strange Flesh
5. Men of Arms
6. Negotiating Freedom

PT. III. MOVING APART
7. Conceiving Race
8. Manifest Destinies
9. Hard Scrabble

Epilogue: Democracy in America
Notes
A Note on Sources
Index

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