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Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (edition 2018)
by Martha S. Jones (Author)
Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Studies in Legal History) by Martha S. Jones
"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"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)342.7308 — Social Sciences Law Constitutional and administrative law North America Constitutional law--United States
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