By William A. Link, David Brown, Brian E. Ward, Martyn Bone
Greater than in simple terms a criminal prestige, citizenship is additionally a kind of belonging, giving form to a person's rights, tasks, and identification, exerting a strong old effect within the making of the trendy international. The pioneering essays during this quantity are the 1st to deal with the evolution and importance of citizenship within the South from the antebellum period, during the Civil struggle, and down into the past due 19th century. They discover the politics and meanings of citizenry and voters' rights within the nineteenth-century American South: from the entire citizenship of a few white men to the partial citizenship of ladies without vote casting rights, from the precarious place of unfastened blacks and enslaved African American anti-citizens, to postwar accomplice rebels who weren't "loyal voters" in line with the government yet forcibly asserted their citizenship as white supremacy used to be restored within the Jim Crow South.
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Stanford University, 1993); Michael Tadman, Speculators and Slaves: Masters, Traders, and Slaves in the Old South (1989; reprint, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996); and Jenny Wahl, The Bondsman’s Burden: An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998). 36. Publications in the last decade reflect a slight increase in scholars’ interest in enslaved people rather than the institution of slavery. See, for example, Berlin, Generations of Captivity; Johnson, Soul by Soul; Sowande’ Mustakeem, “‘I’ve Never Seen Such a Sickly Ship Before’: Diet, Disease, and Mortality in 18th Century Atlantic Slaving Voyages,” Journal of African American History 93, no.
However, bondpeople knew they were excluded from the political arena and were keenly aware of their enslaved status. These realities did not leave them without opinions about their commodification or strategies to claim rights as citizens. By establishing a link between citizenship and commodification, this essay foregrounds the experience of the enslaved and their sense of personhood through their testimonies and market values. Citizenship and commodification merged at shipyards, plantations, and courthouses across the United States when members of the slaveholding class purchased enslaved laborers.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011); Thavolia Glymph, Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008); Dylan C. Penningroth, The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003); and Brenda E. Stevenson, Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996). 27. Steven Hahn, A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (New York: Belkap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003), 16.