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Studies in legal history.
"Between 1822 and 1857, eight Southern states barred the ingress of all free black maritime workers. According to lawmakers, they carried a "moral contagion" of abolitionism and black autonomy that could be transmitted to local slaves. Those seamen who arrived in Southern ports in violation of the laws faced incarceration, corporal punishment, an incipient form of convict leasing, and even punitive enslavement. The sailors, their captains, abolitionists, and British diplomatic agents protested this treatment. They wrote letters, published tracts, cajoled elected officials, pleaded with Southern officials, and litigated in state and federal courts. By deploying a progressive and sweeping notion of national citizenship - one that guaranteed a number of rights against state regulation - they exposed the ambiguity and potential power of national citizenship as a legal category. Ultimately, the Fourteenth Amendment recognized the robust understanding of citizenship championed by antebellum free people of color, by people afflicted with "moral contagion.""-- Provided by publisher.
Based on author's thesis (doctoral - University of Florida, 2010) issued under title: Navigating the dangerous Atlantic : black sailors, racial quarantines, and U.S. constitutionalism.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-245) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The Atlantic's dangerous undercurrents Containing a moral contagion, 1822-1829 The contagion spreads, 1829-1833 Confronting a pandemic, 1834-1842 "Foreign" emissaries and rights discourse, 1842-1847 Sacrificing Black citizenship, 1848-1859 Black sailors, their communities, and the fight for citizenship.
KF4757 .S368 2019
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Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.