Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature by Gregg D. CraneRace, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature by Gregg D. Crane

Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature

byGregg D. Crane

Paperback | February 4, 2002

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Gregg Crane examines the interaction between civic identity and race and justice within American law and literature in this study. He recounts the efforts of literary and legal figures to bring the nation's law in accord with the moral consensus that slavery and racial oppression are evil. Covering such writers as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass, and a range of novelists, poets, philosophers, politicians, lawyers and judges, this original book will revise the relationship between race and nationalism in American literature.
Title:Race, Citizenship, and Law in American LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:February 4, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521010934

ISBN - 13:9780521010931


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Higher law in the 1850s; 2. The look of higher law: Harriet Beecher Stowe's antislavery fiction; 3. Cosmopolitan constitutionalism: Emerson and Douglass; 4. The positivist alternative; 5. Charles Chesnutt and Moorfield Storey: citizenship and the flux of contract.

Editorial Reviews

"Crane presents...compelling readings that elucidate how the interplay between fictional writers and jurists generated a racial alchemy that ultimately destabilized core concepts of the legal system: higher law, contract, and the law of the majority." American Historical Review