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Bonds of citizenship : law and the labors of emancipation

Author: Hoang Gia Phan
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2013.
Series: America and the long 19th century.
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"Phan argues that in the age of Emancipation the cultural attributes of free personhood became identified with the legal rights and privileges of the citizen, and that individual freedom thus became identified with the nation-state. He situates the emergence of American citizenship and the American novel within the context of Atlantic slavery and Anglo-American legal culture, placing early American texts by Hector  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hoang Gia Phan
ISBN: 9780814738474 0814738478 9780814771709 081477170X 9780814738931 0814738931 9780814771921 0814771920
OCLC Number: 809421377
Description: x, 256 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : "A man from another country" : citizenship and the bonds of labor --
Bound by law : apprenticeship and the culture of 'free' labor --
Civic virtues : narrative form and the trial of character in early America --
Fugitive bonds : contract and the culture of constitutionalism --
Hereditary bondsman : Frederick Douglass and the spirit of the law --
"If man will strike" : Moby Dick and the letter of the law --
Conclusion : the labors of emancipation : founded law and freedom defined.
Series Title: America and the long 19th century.
Responsibility: Hoang Gia Phan.

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Illuminates the historical tensions between the legal paradigms of citizenship and contract, and in the emergence of free labour ideology in American culture  Read more...

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