Recasting American Liberty: Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865-1920 by Barbara Young Welke | 9780521640206 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Recasting American Liberty: Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865-1920

Recasting American Liberty: Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865-1920

by Barbara Young Welke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521640202

ISBN-13: 9780521640206

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Through courtroom dramas from 1865 to 1920, Recasting American Liberty offers a dramatic reconsideration of the critical role railroads, and their urban counterpart, streetcars, played in transforming the conditions of individual liberty at the dawn of the 20th century. The three-part narrative, focusing on the law of accidental injury, nervous shock, and

Overview

Through courtroom dramas from 1865 to 1920, Recasting American Liberty offers a dramatic reconsideration of the critical role railroads, and their urban counterpart, streetcars, played in transforming the conditions of individual liberty at the dawn of the 20th century. The three-part narrative, focusing on the law of accidental injury, nervous shock, and racial segregation in public transit, captures Americans' journey from a cultural and legal ethos celebrating manly independence and autonomy to one that recognized and sought to protect the individual against the corporate power, modern technology and modern urban space.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521640206
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Series:
Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society Series
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Body: Accidental Injury: 1. The railway journey (i): the technological transformation; 2. Gendered journeys (i): physical vulnerability; 3. The law of accidental injury; Junction: pain and suffering; Part II. Mind and Body: Nervous Shock: 4. The railway journey (ii): the psychological transformation; 5. Gendered journeys (ii): psychological vulnerability; 6. The law of nervous shock; Junction: truth, legal storytelling, and the performance of injury; Part III. Person: Racial Segregation: 7. The Railway journey (iii): the spatial transformation; 8. Gendered journeys (iii): status vulnerability; 9. The law of racial segregation.

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