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Birthright citizens : a history of race and rights in antebellum America / Martha S. Jones.

Author/creator Jones, Martha S. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionxix, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Portion of title History of race and rights in antebellum America
Series Studies in legal history
Studies in legal history. ^A58211
Contents Introduction : Rights of colored men: debating citizenship in antebellum America -- Being a native, and free born: race and rights in Baltimore -- Threats of removal: colonization, emigration, and the borders of belonging -- Aboard the Constitution: black sailors and citizenship at sea -- The city courthouse: everyday scenes of race and law -- Between the Constitution and the discipline of the church: making congregants citizens -- By virtue of unjust laws: black laws as the performance of rights -- To sue and be sued: courthouse claims and the contours of citizenship -- Confronting Dred Scott: seeing citizenship from Baltimore City -- Conclusion : Rehearsals for Reconstruction: new citizens in a new era -- Epilogue: monuments to men.
Abstract "Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and Black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in 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 U.S. 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"--Provided by the publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 221-238) and index.
LCCN 2018002423
ISBN9781107150348 (hardback : alkaline paper)
ISBN1107150345 (hardback : alkaline paper)
ISBN9781316604724 (paperback)
ISBN1316604721 (paperback)
Standard identifier# 99977598099

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