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

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ISBN-10: 0521649668

ISBN-13: 9780521649667

Edition: 2001

Authors: Barbara Young Welke, Christopher L. Tomlins

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.518
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