Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long Nineteenth Century United States

Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long Nineteenth Century United States

by Barbara Young Welke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521152259

ISBN-13: 9780521152259

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

For more than a generation, historians and legal scholars have documented inequalities at the heart of American law and daily life and exposed inconsistencies in the generic category of “American citizenship.” Welke draws on that wealth of historical, legal, and theoretical scholarship to offer a new paradigm of liberal selfhood and citizenship from the

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For more than a generation, historians and legal scholars have documented inequalities at the heart of American law and daily life and exposed inconsistencies in the generic category of “American citizenship.” Welke draws on that wealth of historical, legal, and theoretical scholarship to offer a new paradigm of liberal selfhood and citizenship from the founding of the United States through the 1920s. Law and the Borders of Belonging questions understanding this period through a progressive narrative of expanding rights, revealing that it was characterized instead by a sustained commitment to borders of belonging of liberal selfhood, citizenship, and nation in which able white men’s privilege depended on the subject status of disabled persons, racialized others, and women. Welke’s conclusions pose challenging questions about the modern liberal democratic state that extend well beyond the temporal and geographic boundaries of the long nineteenth century United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521152259
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
New Histories of American Law Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
818,115
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Constructing a universal legal person: able white manhood; 2. Subjects of law: disabled persons, racialized others, and women; 3. Borders: resistance, defense, structure, and ideology; Conclusion: abled, racialized, and gendered power in the making of the twentieth-century American state; Coda.

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