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

ISBN-10: 0521649668

ISBN-13: 9780521649667

Edition: 2001

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Description: 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

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The Body: Accidental Injury
The railway journey (i): the technological transformation
Gendered journeys (i): physical vulnerability
The law of accidental injury
Junction: pain and suffering
Mind and Body: Nervous Shock
The railway journey (ii): the psychological transformation
Gendered journeys (ii): psychological vulnerability
The law of nervous shock
Junction: truth, legal storytelling, and the performance of injury
Person: Racial Segregation
The Railway journey (iii): the spatial transformation
Gendered journeys (iii): status vulnerability
The law of racial segregation
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