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Studies in Legal History - Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Paperback) Loot Price: R392
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Studies in Legal History - Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Paperback): Martha S. Jones

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Studies in Legal History - Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Paperback)

Martha S. Jones

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Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the 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 US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha S. Jones explains, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, and black Americans' aspirations were realized. Birthright Citizens tells how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2018
Authors: Martha S. Jones
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 266
ISBN-13: 978-1-316-60472-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
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LSN: 1-316-60472-1
Barcode: 9781316604724

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