Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation
By Hoang Gia Phan | Sunday, September 1, 2013
By Hoang Gia Phan
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Available from NYU Press, 2013.
In this study of literature and law from the Constitutional founding through the Civil War, Hoang Gia Phan demonstrates how American citizenship and civic culture were profoundly transformed by the racialized material histories of free, enslaved, and indentured labor. Bonds of Citizenship illuminates the historical tensions between the legal paradigms of citizenship and contract, and in the emergence of free labor ideology in American culture.