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Moral contagion : black Atlantic sailors, citizenship, and diplomacy in antebellum America / Michael A. Schoeppner, University of Maine, Farmington.

Author/creator Schoeppner, Michael A. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Descriptionxiii, 252 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Studies in legal history
Studies in legal history. ^A58211
Contents The Atlantic's dangerous undercurrents -- Containing a moral contagion, 1822-1829 -- The contagion spreads, 1829-1833 -- Confronting a pandemic, 1834-1842 -- "Foreign" emissaries and rights discourse, 1842-1847 -- Sacrificing Black citizenship, 1848-1859 -- Black sailors, their communities, and the fight for citizenship.
Abstract "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.""-- Provided by publisher.
General noteBased on author's thesis (doctoral - University of Florida, 2010) issued under title: Navigating the dangerous Atlantic : black sailors, racial quarantines, and U.S. constitutionalism.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 231-245) and index.
Issued in other formebook version : 9781108671095
LCCN 2018039930
ISBN9781108469999 hardcover
ISBN110846999X hardcover
ISBN9781108455121 paperback
ISBN1108455123 paperback
ISBNelectronic book

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