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Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long Nineteenth Century United States (New Histories of American Law)

Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long Nineteenth Century United States (New Histories of American Law)

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Barbara Young Welke
Cambridge University Press, 3/15/2010
EAN 9780521761888, ISBN10: 0521761883

Hardcover, 256 pages, 21.6 x 14.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

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 in the Long Nineteenth Century United States 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.

Introduction
1. Constructing a universal legal person
able white manhood
2. Subjects of law
disabled persons, racialized others, and women
3. Borders
resistance, defense, structure, and ideology
Conclusion
abled, racialized, and gendered power in the making of the twentieth-century American state
Coda.