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Recasting American Liberty
By Barbara Young Welke

Recasting American Liberty

Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865-1920

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Recasting American Liberty by Barbara Young Welke

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Through courtroom dramas from 1865 to 1920 - of men forced to jump from moving cars when trainmen refused to stop, of women emotionally wrecked from the trauma of nearly missing a platform or street, and women barred from first class ladies' cars because of the color of their skin - Barbara Welke offers a dramatic reconsideration of the critical role railroads, and streetcars, played in transforming the conditions of individual liberty at the dawn of the twentieth century. The three-part narrative, focusing on the law of accidental injury, nervous shock, and racial segregation in public transit, captures Americans' journey from a cultural and legal ethos celebrating manly independence and autonomy to one that recognized and sought to protect the individual against the dangers of modern life. Gender and race become central to the transformation charted here, as much as the forces of corporate power, modern technology and urban space.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521640206
ISBN-10: 0521640202
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Pages: 426
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long-nineteenth-century United States by Barbara Young Welke Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long-nineteenth-century United States, Hardback (March 2010)

This book offers a new paradigm of liberal selfhood and citizenship from the founding of the United States through the 1920s.

Recasting American Liberty by Barbara Young Welke Recasting American Liberty, Paperback (August 2001)

This 2001 book considers the role railroads and streetcars played in transforming the conditions of individual liberty in America.

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