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The People and Their Peace
  • Bandtyp: Häftad
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 20090430
  • Antal sidor: 448
  • ISBN10:080785932X
  • ISBN13:9780807859322

The People and Their Peace

(Häftad)
Beskrivning:

This book deals with the changes in the legal logic of slavery, race, and gender. In the half-century following the Revolutionary War, the logic of inequality underwent a profound transformation within the southern legal system. Drawing on extensive archival research in North and South Carolina, Laura F. Edwards illuminates those changes by revealing the importance of localized legal practice. Edwards shows that following the Revolution, the intensely local legal system favored maintaining the 'peace', a concept intended to protect the social order and its patriarchal hierarchies. By the 1830s, however, state leaders had secured support for a more centralized system that excluded people who were not specifically granted individual rights, including women, African Americans, and the poor. Edwards concludes that the emphasis on rights affirmed and restructured existing patriarchal inequalities, giving them new life within state law with implications that affected all Americans. Placing slaves, free blacks, and white women at the center of the story, Edwards recasts traditional narratives of legal and political change and sheds light on key issues in U.S. history, including the persistence of inequality - particularly slavery - in the face of expanding democracy.

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