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Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature

Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature


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Gregg Crane examines the interaction between civic identity and race and justice within American law and literature in this study. He recounts the efforts of literary and legal figures to bring the nation's law in accord with the moral consensus that slavery and racial oppression are evil. Covering such writers as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass, and a range of novelists, poets, philosophers, politicians, lawyers and judges, this original book will revise the relationship between race and nationalism in American literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521806848
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/09/2003
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #128
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile: 1780L (what's this?)

About the Author

Gregg Crane is Assistant Professor of English at Miami University. He has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1986. He has published in American Literary History, American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature and Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Higher law in the 1850s; 2. The look of higher law: Harriet Beecher Stowe's antislavery fiction; 3. Cosmopolitan constitutionalism: Emerson and Douglass; 4. The positivist alternative; 5. Charles Chesnutt and Moorfield Storey: citizenship and the flux of contract.

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