Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865

Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865

by Christopher Tomlins
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521137772

ISBN-13: 9780521137775

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Freedom Bound is about the origins of modern America - a history of colonizing, work, and civic identity from the beginnings of English presence on the mainland until the Civil War. It is a history of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found. Above all it is a history

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Freedom Bound is about the origins of modern America - a history of colonizing, work, and civic identity from the beginnings of English presence on the mainland until the Civil War. It is a history of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found. Above all it is a history of the law that framed the entire process. Freedom Bound tells how colonies were planted in occupied territories, how they were populated with migrants - free and unfree - to do the work of colonizing, and how the newcomers secured possession. It tells of the new civic lives that seemed possible in new commonwealths, and of the constraints that kept many from enjoying them. It follows the story long past the end of the eighteenth century until the American Civil War, when - just for a moment - it seemed that freedom might finally be unbound.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521137775
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
636
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Prologue Beginning: "As much freedome in reason as may be …" 1

Part I Manning, Planting, Keeping

1 Manning: "Setteynge many on Worke" 216

2 Planting: "Directed and Conducted Thither" 67

3 Keeping (i): Discourses of Intrusion 93

4 Keeping (ii): English Desires, Designs 133

Part II Poly-Olbion; or The Inside Narrative

5 Packing: New Inhabitants 193

6 Unpacking: Received Wisdoms of Law and Work 231

7 Changing: Localities, Legalities 296

Part III "What, then, is the American, this new man?"

8 Modernizing: Polity, Economy, Patriarchy 335

9 Enslaving: Facies Hippocratica 401

10 Ending: "Strange Order of Things!" 509

Appendices to Chapter I 571

Index 599

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