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Birthright citizens : a history of race and rights in antebellum America

Author: Martha S Jones
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Series: Studies in legal history (Cambridge)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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La 4e de couverture indique : "Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and Black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martha S Jones
ISBN: 9781107150348 1107150345 9781316604724 1316604721
OCLC Number: 1130716506
Description: 1 v. (XIX-248 p.) : illustrations, couv. illustrations en coul. ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: rights of colored men: debating citizenship in antebellum America; 1. Being a native, and free born: race and rights in Baltimore; 2. Threats of removal: colonization, emigration, and the borders of belonging; 3. Aboard the constitution: black sailors and citizenship at sea; 4. The city courthouse: everyday scenes of race and law; 5. Between the constitution and the discipline of the church: making congregants citizens; 6. By virtue of unjust laws: black laws and the reluctant performance of rights; 7. To sue and be sued: courthouse claims and the contours of citizenship; 8. Confronting Dred Scott: seeing citizenship from Baltimore city; 9. Rehearsals for reconstruction: new citizens in a new era; Epilogue: monuments to men.
Series Title: Studies in legal history (Cambridge)
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Birthright Citizens examines how black Americans transformed the terms of belonging for all Americans before the Civil War. They battled against black laws and threats of exile, arguing that  Read more...

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