Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation by Hoang Gia Phan

By Hoang Gia Phan

In this research of literature and legislations from the Constitutional founding during the Civil struggle, Hoang Gia Phan demonstrates how American citizenship and civic tradition have been profoundly reworked by way of the racialized fabric histories of loose, enslaved, and indentured labor. Bonds of Citizenship illuminates the old tensions among the felony paradigms of citizenship and agreement, and within the emergence of loose hard work ideology in American culture.
 
Phan argues that during the age of Emancipation the cultural attributes of unfastened personhood grew to become pointed out with the felony rights and privileges of the citizen, and that exact freedom therefore turned pointed out with the countryside. He situates the emergence of American citizenship and the yank novel in the context of Atlantic slavery and Anglo-American felony tradition, putting early American texts via Hector St. John de Crèvecœur, Benjamin Franklin, and Charles Brockden Brown along Black Atlantic texts via Ottobah Cugoano and Olaudah Equiano. starting with a revisionary examining of the Constitution’s “slavery clauses,” Phan recovers indentured servitude as a transitional kind of hard work bondage that helped outline the main phrases of smooth U.S. citizenship: mobility, volition, and contract. Bonds of Citizenship demonstrates how citizenship and civic tradition have been reworked through antebellum debates over slavery, loose hard work, and nationwide Union, whereas interpreting the writings of Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville along a wide-ranging archive of lesser-known antebellum felony and literary texts within the context of adjusting conceptions of constitutionalism, estate, and agreement. positioned on the nexus of literary feedback, felony experiences, and exertions historical past, Bonds of Citizenship demanding situations the founding fiction of a pro-slavery structure valuable to American letters and felony tradition.

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Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation (America and the Long 19th Century)

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