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Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union - The unsettled political order of Europe (Hardcover): Erik Oddvar... Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union - The unsettled political order of Europe (Hardcover)
Erik Oddvar Eriksen, Christian Joerges, Florian Rodl
R2,545 Discovery Miles 25 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

To many, the rejections of the Constitutional Treaty by Dutch and French voters in 2005 came as a shock. However, given the many tensions and the many unresolved issues it was quite unsurprising. The challenges facing the Constitutional debate go to the core of the European integration process as they have to do with the terms on which to establish a post-national political order. This book deals with four themes which make up the main sources of the `constitutional crisis': The problem of the rule of law in a context of governance beyond the nation state The problem of the social deficit of the Union The problem of identity and collective memories The problem of institutionalizing post-national democracy. These themes constitute the unfinished agenda of the European integration process. Law, Democracy and Solidarity in a Post-national Union is based on the efforts of a collection of top scholars in the fields of Law, Political Science, Sociology and Economics, and will appeal to students and scholars of political science, the European Union and European studies.

Land Subdivision Regulation in North Carolina (Paperback): Adam Lovelady Land Subdivision Regulation in North Carolina (Paperback)
Adam Lovelady
R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Reasoned Administration and Democratic Legitimacy - How Administrative Law Supports Democratic Government (Paperback): Jerry L... Reasoned Administration and Democratic Legitimacy - How Administrative Law Supports Democratic Government (Paperback)
Jerry L Mashaw
R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Reasoned Administration and Democratic Legitimacy: How Administrative Law Supports Democratic Government explores the fundamental bases for the legitimacy of the modern administrative state. While some have argued that modern administrative states are a threat to liberty and at war with democratic governance, Jerry L. Mashaw demonstrates that in fact reasoned administration is more respectful of rights and equal citizenship and truer to democratic values than lawmaking by either courts or legislatures. His account features the law's demand for reason giving and reasonableness as the crucial criterion for the legality of administrative action. In an argument combining history, sociology, political theory and law, this book demonstrates how administrative law's demand for reasoned administration structures administrative decision-making, empowers actors within and outside the government, and supports a complex vision of democratic self-rule.

Third Parties - Victims and the Criminal Justice System (Paperback): Leslie Sebba Third Parties - Victims and the Criminal Justice System (Paperback)
Leslie Sebba
R887 Discovery Miles 8 870 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
De Smith's Judicial Review Mainwork & Supplement (Hardcover, 8th edition): The Right Hon Lord Woolf De Smith's Judicial Review Mainwork & Supplement (Hardcover, 8th edition)
The Right Hon Lord Woolf; Edited by Sir Jeffrey Jowell; Contributions by Catherine Donnelly
R10,345 Discovery Miles 103 450 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Explaining Constitutional Change - A Positive Economics Approach (Hardcover): Stefan Voigt Explaining Constitutional Change - A Positive Economics Approach (Hardcover)
Stefan Voigt
R2,261 Discovery Miles 22 610 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book aims to extend the current research and debate in constitutional economics by using a positive economics approach. Born out of discontent with the current state in constitutional economics, this book presents an inquiry in the possibilities of a positive constitutional economics, and how societies choose their constitutional rules. Drawing on economics, the book examines the emergence of constitutions and how and why they change over time. The author proposes that model constitutions are based on, and backed by institutions which have developed spontaneously. He presents some predictions on the scope of constitutional change under various constitutional settings and factors which cause constitutional change. Stefan Voigt concludes that constitutional change is reconceptualized as the outcome of a bargaining game, in which changes reflect the altered bargaining power of the actors. This book will be welcomed by academics working in the fields of political economy, law and economics as well as those from the public choice and new institutional schools of thought.

Gypsy and Traveller Law (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Marc Willers, Chris Johnson Gypsy and Traveller Law (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Marc Willers, Chris Johnson
R702 R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Save R39 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Brings together the areas of law affecting the travelling community. This guide covers accommodation needs such as planning, site provision, homelessness and eviction as well as other issues impacting on the day to day lives of Gypsies and Travellers such as education, healthcare and race discrimination.

The Reach of Free Movement (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Mads Andenas, Tarjei Bekkedal The Reach of Free Movement (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Mads Andenas, Tarjei Bekkedal
R3,777 R3,027 Discovery Miles 30 270 Save R750 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The reach of free movement within the EU Internal Market and what constitutes a restriction are the topics of this book. For many years the tension between free movement and restrictions have been the subject of intense discussion and controversy, and this includes the constitutional reach of the rights conferred by the Treaty of Lisbon. Anything that makes movement less attractive or more burdensome may constitute a restriction. Restrictions may be justified, but only if proportionate. The reach of free movement is fundamental to the Internal Market, both for the economic constitution and increasingly for individual rights in a European legal order that provides constitutional guarantees for rights, exceeding those of free movement. The interaction between fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms to movement distinguishes the EU legal order from the national legal systems. The book falls into four parts, `The reach of free movement', `Justifications and Proportionality', `Fundamental rights', and `Looking Abroad'. The clear discussion of the fundamentals and dilemmas regarding the subject of this book should prove useful for academics, practitioners, graduate students as well as EU officials and judges wishing to stay updated on the ongoing scholarly debate regarding relevance to case law. Mads Andenas is Professor at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo and at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Tarjei Bekkedal is Professor at the Centre for European Law, University of Oslo and the Chair of the Norwegian Association for European Law. Luca Pantaleo is a Lecturer in EU law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, who obtained a Ph.D. in International and EU Law in 2013 at the University of Macerata in Italy, and who was previously a Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute and Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg.

Bonds of Citizenship - Law and the Labors of Emancipation (Paperback): Hoang Gia Phan Bonds of Citizenship - Law and the Labors of Emancipation (Paperback)
Hoang Gia Phan
R507 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R69 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this study of literature and law from the Constitutional founding through the Civil War, Hoang Gia Phan demonstrates how American citizenship and civic culture were profoundly transformed by the racialized material histories of free, enslaved, and indentured labor. Bonds of Citizenship illuminates the historical tensions between the legal paradigms of citizenship and contract, and in the emergence of free labor ideology in American culture. 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 St. John de Crevec ur, Benjamin Franklin, and Charles Brockden Brown alongside Black Atlantic texts by Ottobah Cugoano and Olaudah Equiano. Beginning with a revisionary reading of the Constitution's "slavery clauses," Phan recovers indentured servitude as a transitional form of labor bondage that helped define the key terms of modern U.S. citizenship: mobility, volition, and contract. Bonds of Citizenship demonstrates how citizenship and civic culture were transformed by antebellum debates over slavery, free labor, and national Union, while analyzing the writings of Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville alongside a wide-ranging archive of lesser-known antebellum legal and literary texts in the context of changing conceptions of constitutionalism, property, and contract. Situated at the nexus of literary criticism, legal studies, and labor history, Bonds of Citizenship challenges the founding fiction of a pro-slavery Constitution central to American letters and legal culture.

Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law - Frames of Mind, Patterns of Change (Hardcover): Dora Kostakopoulou Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law - Frames of Mind, Patterns of Change (Hardcover)
Dora Kostakopoulou
R1,776 R1,640 Discovery Miles 16 400 Save R136 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book proposes a new institutional constructivist model, for social scientific and legal enquiries, based on the interrelations within the social and political world and the application of change in EU laws and politics. Much of the research conducted in social sciences and law examines the diverse activities of individuals and collectivities and the role of institutions in the social and political world. Although there exist many vantage points from which one can gain entry into understanding how agents in the world act, interact, shape and bear the world, socio-legal scientific epistemology has found monism and dualism to be convincing models. This book argues that current models do not capture the complexity of our micro-worlds, macro-worlds and meso-worlds. Nor can they account for the forms and patterns of socio-legal change. Mind, time and change are brought together in an attempt to contribute to socio-legal epistemology and to enhance its toolkit.

A Nation of Widening Opportunities - The Civil Rights ACT at 50 (Paperback): Samuel R. Bagenstos, Ellen D Katz A Nation of Widening Opportunities - The Civil Rights ACT at 50 (Paperback)
Samuel R. Bagenstos, Ellen D Katz
R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Outsourcing War - The Just War Tradition in the Age of Military Privatization (Hardcover): Amy Eckert Outsourcing War - The Just War Tradition in the Age of Military Privatization (Hardcover)
Amy Eckert
R772 R648 Discovery Miles 6 480 Save R124 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Recent decades have seen an increasing reliance on private military contractors (PMCs) to provide logistical services, training, maintenance, and combat troops. In Outsourcing War, Amy E. Eckert examines the ethical implications involved in the widespread use of PMCs, and in particular questions whether they can fit within customary ways of understanding the ethical prosecution of warfare. Her concern is with the ius in bello (right conduct in war) strand of just war theory.Just war theorizing is generally built on the assumption that states, and states alone, wield a monopoly on the legitimate use of force. Who holds responsibility for the actions of PMCs? What ethical standards might they be required to observe? How might deviations from such standards be punished? The privatization of warfare poses significant challenges because of its reliance on a statist view of the world. Eckert argues that the tradition of just war theory-which predates the international system of states-can evolve to apply to this changing world order. With an eye toward the practical problems of military command, Eckert delves into particular cases where PMCs have played an active role in armed conflict and derives from those cases the modifications necessary to apply just principles to new agents in the landscape of war.

Constitutional Law and Economics of the European Union (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Dieter Schmidtchen, Robert Cooter Constitutional Law and Economics of the European Union (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Dieter Schmidtchen, Robert Cooter
R2,431 Discovery Miles 24 310 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The process of European integration is at a crossroads. As the Union becomes larger in terms of members, the institutional structures and decision making procedures will have to change in order for it to make policy initiatives. To meet these challenges, the Union will need an effective institutional and constitutional structure which must be both democratic and acceptable to its citizens. This major book evaluates recent developments, considers the present situation and assesses the prospects for the future of the European Union. A wide variety of institutional and constitutional issues are addressed, with special attention being paid to three main topics; decision making and including a critique of attempts to analyse European decision making using traditional power indices and a discussion of the different procedures laid down in the comitology decision; federal structures, with an analysis of the politics of European federalism among other issues; institutional change which compares the relative merits of enlarging or deepening the Union, suggesting a fifth freedom by a single European market for governments and discussing non-technical aspects of legislation in the European Union. Constitutional Law and Economics of the European Union will of interest to policymakers, academics and students of European economic and political affairs and institutional and constitutional structures.

The Second Creation - Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Hardcover): Jonathan Gienapp The Second Creation - Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Hardcover)
Jonathan Gienapp
R684 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R150 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A stunning revision of our founding document's evolving history that forces us to confront anew the question that animated the founders so long ago: What is our Constitution? Americans widely believe that the United States Constitution was created when it was drafted in 1787 and ratified in 1788. But in a shrewd rereading of the Founding era, Jonathan Gienapp upends this long-held assumption, recovering the unknown story of American constitutional creation in the decade after its adoption-a story with explosive implications for current debates over constitutional originalism and interpretation. When the Constitution first appeared, it was shrouded in uncertainty. Not only was its meaning unclear, but so too was its essential nature. Was the American Constitution a written text, or something else? Was it a legal text? Was it finished or unfinished? What rules would guide its interpretation? Who would adjudicate competing readings? As political leaders put the Constitution to work, none of these questions had answers. Through vigorous debates they confronted the document's uncertainty, and-over time-how these leaders imagined the Constitution radically changed. They had begun trying to fix, or resolve, an imperfect document, but they ended up fixing, or cementing, a very particular notion of the Constitution as a distinctively textual and historical artifact circumscribed in space and time. This means that some of the Constitution's most definitive characteristics, ones which are often treated as innate, were only added later and were thus contingent and optional.

Russian Constitutionalism - Historical and Contemporary Development (Hardcover): Andrei Medushevsky Russian Constitutionalism - Historical and Contemporary Development (Hardcover)
Andrei Medushevsky
R2,546 Discovery Miles 25 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Medushevsky examines constitutionalism in Russia from Tsarist times to the present. He traces the different attitudes to constitutionalism in political thought, and in practice, at different periods, showing how the balance between authoritarianism and liberalism has shifted. In addition, he discusses the importance of constitutional developments for societies in transition, and concludes that post-communist constitutional development in Russia is still far from complete. As an empirical resource, Russian Constitutionalism takes a longer historical view than other books on this topic, and it also goes further than this in its interpretive approach, providing a greater understanding of Russian constitutionalism.

Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence (Pocket Edition) (Paperback, 25th ed.): Thomas Jefferson Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence (Pocket Edition) (Paperback, 25th ed.)
Thomas Jefferson
R57 Discovery Miles 570 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
How to Regulate - A Guide for Policymakers (Paperback): Thomas A. Lambert How to Regulate - A Guide for Policymakers (Paperback)
Thomas A. Lambert
R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Markets sometimes fail. But so do regulatory efforts to correct market failures. Sometimes regulations reach too far, condemning good activities as well as bad, and sometimes they don't reach far enough, allowing bad behavior to persist. In this highly instructive book, Thomas A. Lambert explains the pitfalls of both extremes while offering readers a manual of effective regulation, showing how the best regulation maximizes social welfare and minimizes social costs. Working like a physician, Lambert demonstrates how regulators should diagnose the underlying disease and identify its symptoms, potential remedies for it, and their side effects before selecting the regulation that offers the greatest net benefit. This book should be read by policymakers, students, and anyone else interested in understanding how the best regulations are crafted and why they work.

The Bill of Rights - Original Meaning and Current Understanding (Paperback): Eugene W. Hickok The Bill of Rights - Original Meaning and Current Understanding (Paperback)
Eugene W. Hickok
R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This collection of essays offers a comprehensive amendment-by-amendment, clause-by-clause account of the Bill of Rights' recent transmutation. The essays are based on the assumption that to understand the Bill of Rights today, one must both understand the original meaning of the amendments and explore the history, theory and practice behind those amendments. The book suggests that the provisions of the Bill of Rights have been subjected to greater interpretative revision by the Supreme Court than other parts of the Constitution. It should be of interest not only to lawyers and law and political science students, but to anyone with an interest in the ongoing interpretation of the Bill of Rights.

Government Accountability Sources and Materials - Australian Administrative Law (Paperback): Judith Bannister, Anna Olijnyk Government Accountability Sources and Materials - Australian Administrative Law (Paperback)
Judith Bannister, Anna Olijnyk
R2,016 R1,913 Discovery Miles 19 130 Save R103 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Government Accountability: Australian Administrative Law Sources and Materials is a companion text to the second edition of Government Accountability: Australian Administrative Law. The casebook follows the structure of the textbook and provides a sophisticated and in-depth introduction to the principal areas of administrative law taught in Australia. Extracts from primary materials - including cases, legislation and judicial review - provide readers with an understanding of the key principles of administrative law and demonstrate how these mechanisms operate in practice. Case extracts provide a clear account of the facts, issues and statutory provisions considered by the courts. Extracts from secondary sources, including from parliamentary reports and publications by leading commentators in this field, further elucidate key concepts and controversies. Written by experts with substantial teaching and research experience, this is an essential text that will equip students with the tools to think critically and successfully apply the law to practice.

Studies in Legal History - Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America... Studies in Legal History - Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America (Hardcover)
Michael A. Schoeppner
R971 R909 Discovery Miles 9 090 Save R62 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Between 1822 and 1857, eight Southern states barred the ingress of all free black maritime workers. According to lawmakers, they carried a 'moral contagion' of abolitionism and black autonomy that could be transmitted to local slaves. Those seamen who arrived in Southern ports in violation of the laws faced incarceration, corporal punishment, an incipient form of convict leasing, and even punitive enslavement. The sailors, their captains, abolitionists, and British diplomatic agents protested this treatment. They wrote letters, published tracts, cajoled elected officials, pleaded with Southern officials, and litigated in state and federal courts. By deploying a progressive and sweeping notion of national citizenship - one that guaranteed a number of rights against state regulation - they exposed the ambiguity and potential power of national citizenship as a legal category. Ultimately, the Fourteenth Amendment recognized the robust understanding of citizenship championed by Antebellum free people of color, by people afflicted with 'moral contagion'.

Duelling for Supremacy - International Law vs. National Fundamental Principles (Hardcover): Fulvio Maria Palombino Duelling for Supremacy - International Law vs. National Fundamental Principles (Hardcover)
Fulvio Maria Palombino
R2,449 R2,253 Discovery Miles 22 530 Save R196 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It is a settled rule of international law that a State may not rely on the provisions of its 'internal law' as justification for failing to comply with international obligations. However, the judiciaries of most countries, including those with a high record of compliance with international norms, have increasingly felt the need to preserve the area of fundamental principles, where the State's inclination to retain full sovereignty seems to act as an unbreakable 'counter-limit' to the limitations deriving from international law. This volume explores this trend by adopting a comparative perspective, addressing the question of how conflicts between international law and national fundamental principles are dealt with and resolved within a specific legal system. The contributing authors identify common tendencies and fundamental differences in the approaches and evaluate the implications of this practice for the future of the principle of supremacy of international law.

We the Corporations - How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Hardcover): Adam Winkler We the Corporations - How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Hardcover)
Adam Winkler
R579 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R120 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known "civil rights movements" in American history. Hardly oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought since the nation's earliest days to gain equal rights under the Constitution-and today have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people. Exposing the historical origins of Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, Adam Winkler explains how those controversial Supreme Court decisions extending free speech and religious liberty to corporations were the capstone of a centuries-long struggle over corporate personhood and constitutional protections for business. Beginning his account in the colonial era, Winkler reveals the profound influence corporations had on the birth of democracy and on the shape of the Constitution itself. Once the Constitution was ratified, corporations quickly sought to gain the rights it guaranteed. The first Supreme Court case on the rights of corporations was decided in 1809, a half-century before the first comparable cases on the rights of African Americans or women. Ever since, corporations have waged a persistent and remarkably fruitful campaign to win an ever-greater share of individual rights. Although corporations never marched on Washington, they employed many of the same strategies of more familiar civil rights struggles: civil disobedience, test cases, and novel legal claims made in a purposeful effort to reshape the law. Indeed, corporations have often been unheralded innovators in constitutional law, and several of the individual rights Americans hold most dear were first secured in lawsuits brought by businesses. Winkler enlivens his narrative with a flair for storytelling and a colorful cast of characters: among others, Daniel Webster, America's greatest advocate, who argued some of the earliest corporate rights cases on behalf of his business clients; Roger Taney, the reviled Chief Justice, who surprisingly fought to limit protections for corporations-in part to protect slavery; and Roscoe Conkling, a renowned politician who deceived the Supreme Court in a brazen effort to win for corporations the rights added to the Constitution for the freed slaves. Alexander Hamilton, Teddy Roosevelt, Huey Long, Ralph Nader, Louis Brandeis, and even Thurgood Marshall all played starring roles in the story of the corporate rights movement. In this heated political age, nothing can be timelier than Winkler's tour de force, which shows how America's most powerful corporations won our most fundamental rights and turned the Constitution into a weapon to impede the regulation of big business.

Democracy Hacked - Political Turmoil and Information Warfare in the Digital Age (Hardcover): Martin Moore Democracy Hacked - Political Turmoil and Information Warfare in the Digital Age (Hardcover)
Martin Moore 1
R403 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R95 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the space of one election cycle, authoritarian governments, moneyed elites and fringe hackers figured out how to game elections, bypass democratic processes, and turn social networks into battlefields. Facebook, Google and Twitter - where our politics now takes place - have lost control and are struggling to claw it back. Prepare for a new strain of democracy. A world of datafied citizens, real-time surveillance, enforced wellness and pre-crime. Where switching your mobile platform will have more impact on your life than switching your government. Where freedom and privacy are seen as incompatible with social wellbeing and compulsory transparency. As our lives migrate online, we have become increasingly vulnerable to digital platforms founded on selling your attention to the highest bidder. Our laws don't cover what is happening and our politicians don't understand it. But if we don't change the system now, we may not get another chance.

The Advent Of Democracy - The Impact Of The 1918 Reform Act On British Politics (Paperback): Stuart Ball The Advent Of Democracy - The Impact Of The 1918 Reform Act On British Politics (Paperback)
Stuart Ball
R505 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R99 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

In its centenary year, this volume is a study of the Representation of the People Act of 1918 which was a landmark in modern British history and the most substantial change ever made in the electoral system. Investigates how it nearly trebled the electorate, extending the franchise to all adult men and giving the vote to women for the first time Examines its effects upon the Conservative, Liberal, and Labour Parties; in the three diverse regions of the West Midlands, Scotland, and Ireland Demonstrates its impact on the house of commons, the national press, and the evolution of the women's franchise from 1918 to full equality with men in 1928

The Princeton Fugitive Slave - The Trials of James Collins Johnson (Hardcover): Lolita Buckner Inniss The Princeton Fugitive Slave - The Trials of James Collins Johnson (Hardcover)
Lolita Buckner Inniss
R566 R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Save R124 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

I never got no free papers. Princeton College bought me; Princeton College owns me; and Princeton College has got to give me my living. James Collins Johnson made his name by escaping slavery in Maryland and fleeing to Princeton, where he built a life in a bustling community of African Americans working at what is now Princeton University. After only four years, he was recognized by a student from Maryland, arrested, and subjected to a trial for extradition under the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act. On the eve of his rendition, after attempts to free Johnson by force had failed, a local aristocratic white woman purchased Johnson's freedom, allowing him to avoid re-enslavement. The Princeton Fugitive Slave reconstructs James Collins Johnson's life, from birth and enslaved life in Maryland to his daring escape, sensational trial for re-enslavement, and last-minute change of fortune, and through to the end of his life in Princeton, where he remained a figure of local fascination. Stories of Johnson's life in Princeton often describe him as a contented, jovial soul, beloved on campus and memorialized on his gravestone as "the Students Friend." But these familiar accounts come from student writings and sentimental recollections in alumni reports-stories from elite, predominantly white, often southern sources whose relationships with Johnson were hopelessly distorted by differences in race and social standing. In interrogating these stories against archival records, newspaper accounts, courtroom narratives, photographs, and family histories, author Lolita Buckner Inniss builds a picture of Johnson on his own terms, piecing together the sparse evidence and disaggregating him from the other black vendors with whom he was sometimes confused. By telling Johnson's story and examining the relationship between antebellum Princeton's black residents and the economic engine that supported their community, the book questions the distinction between employment and servitude that shrinks and threatens to disappear when an individual's freedom is circumscribed by immobility, lack of opportunity, and contingency on local interpretations of a hotly contested body of law.

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