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Bonds of citizenship : law and the labors of emancipation / Hoang Gia Phan.

By: Phan, Hoang Gia.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.America and the long 19th century: Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2013Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780814738931; 0814738931.Subject(s): Slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History | Citizenship -- United States -- Philosophy | Citizenship -- United States -- History | Slavery -- United States -- History | Indentured servants -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History | Social structure -- United States -- History | Slavery in literature | Citizenship in literature | Master and servant in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Bonds of citizenship.DDC classification: 342.7308/7 LOC classification: KF482Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction: "A man from another country" -- citizenship and the bonds of labor -- Bound by law: apprenticeship and the culture of 'free' labor -- Civic virtues: narrative form and the trial of character in early America -- Fugitive bonds: contract and the culture of constitutionalism -- Hereditary bondsman: Frederick Douglass and the spirit of the law -- "If man will strike": Moby Dick and the letter of the law -- Conclusion: the labors of emancipation -- founded law and freedom defined.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: "A man from another country" -- citizenship and the bonds of labor -- Bound by law: apprenticeship and the culture of 'free' labor -- Civic virtues: narrative form and the trial of character in early America -- Fugitive bonds: contract and the culture of constitutionalism -- Hereditary bondsman: Frederick Douglass and the spirit of the law -- "If man will strike": Moby Dick and the letter of the law -- Conclusion: the labors of emancipation -- founded law and freedom defined.

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CHOICE Review

Bonds of Citizenship examines the confluence of American literature and citizenship in the late-18th and early-19th centuries through the lens of slavery, free labor, legal culture, and national union. Juxtaposing the writings of Benjamin Franklin, J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, Olaudah Equiano, Charles Brockden Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Herman Melville with the Federalist Papers, legal opinions, constitutional texts, newspaper accounts, and other political writings, Phan (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) provides an original look at the cultural work of nation building. He regards his subject within the context of bondage, which he delineates through slavery, indentured servitude, and other forms of contract labor that prefigure modern notions of citizenship. Phan argues that the definition of freedom is based upon the interdependence of bonded and free labor and grounded in the idea of a constitutionally based national citizenry. Readers with a rudimentary understanding of literary and political theory--and an awareness of economic history--will be best positioned to benefit from the author's extensive research into the legal, political, and literary writing of this important era, although many audiences will profit from his synthesis of these materials. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, researchers, faculty, and legal professionals. J. W. Miller Gonzaga University

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