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Recasting American Liberty
Gender, Race, Law, and the Railroad Revolution, 1865–1920

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Part of Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society

  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640206

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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.

    • Will appeal to historians of gender and race as well as legal historians
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    • Date Published: October 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521640206
    • length: 426 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Body: Accidental Injury:
    1. The railway journey (i): the technological transformation
    2. Gendered journeys (i): physical vulnerability
    3. The law of accidental injury
    Junction: pain and suffering
    Part II. Mind and Body: Nervous Shock:
    4. The railway journey (ii): the psychological transformation
    5. Gendered journeys (ii): psychological vulnerability
    6. The law of nervous shock
    Junction: truth, legal storytelling, and the performance of injury
    Part III. Person: Racial Segregation:
    7. The Railway journey (iii): the spatial transformation
    8. Gendered journeys (iii): status vulnerability
    9. The law of racial segregation.

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    Barbara Young Welke, University of Minnesota

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