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…  See more details below

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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

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Body: Accidental Injury
1The Railway Journey: The Technological Transformation3
2Gendered Journeys: Physical Vulnerability43
3The Law of Accidental Injury81
Junction: Pain and Suffering125
Pt. IIMind and Body: Nervous Shock
4The Railway Journey: The Psychological Transformation139
5Gendered Journeys: Psychological Vulnerability171
6The Law of Nervous Shock203
Junction: Truth, Legal Storytelling, and the Performance of Injury235
Pt. IIIPerson: Racial Segregation
7The Railway Journey: The Spatial Transformation249
8Gendered Journeys: Status Vulnerability280
9The Law of Racial Segregation323
Afterword376
Case Record Citations and Research Note379
Index391

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