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Welke, Barbara Young, 1958-
Law and the borders of belonging in the long nineteenth century United States / Barbara Young Welke
New York : Cambridge University Press, c2010
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 3rd Floor  HM821 .W45 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Equality -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Citizenship -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Liberalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Discrimination -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Physical Description xiii, 239 p. ; 22 cm
Summary "For more than a generation, historians and legal scholars have documented inequalities at the heart of American law and daily life and exposed inconsistencies in the generic category of "American citizenship." Welke draws on that wealth of historical, legal, and theoretical scholarship to offer a new paradigm of liberal selfhood and citizenship from the founding of the United States through the 1920s. Law and the Borders of Belonging questions understanding this period through a progressive narrative of expanding rights, revealing that it was characterized instead by a sustained commitment to borders of belonging of liberal selfhood, citizenship, and nation in which able white men's privilege depended on the subject status of disabled persons, racialized others, and women. Welke's conclusions pose challenging questions about the modern liberal democratic state that extend well beyond the temporal and geographic boundaries of the long nineteenth century United States"--Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
1. Constructing a universal legal person: able white manhood. Selfownership and citizenship, laying claim to the land and the space of nation -- 2. Subjects of law: disabled persons, racialized others, and women. Subject identifies,m daily indignities, daily lives -- 3. Borders: resistance, defense, structure, and ideology. In pursuit of right, in defense of the borders of belonging, the lawmakers, the masks of the law -- Conclusion: abled, racialized, and gendered power in the making of the twentieth-century American state -- Coda
Series New histories of American law

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