Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Christopher James Bonner is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland.

"Remaking the Republic is a must read for anyone seeking to understand how citizenship has evolved in the United States. Christopher James Bonner show us how black Americans were the first architects of national belonging in the early republic. His ambitious research tells a story about how they countered the racism of colonization schemes and black laws with a shrewd insistence upon their rights as citizens. This inspiring quest contains indispensable lessons about the past and for our own time."--Martha Jones, author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America

"How could free black people in the antebellum era, relegated to an apparent caste status, sustain hope in a future in America? By making and remaking the idea of legal belonging through a fascinating array of grassroots politics and protest, argues Christopher James Bonner. With deep research and persuasive writing, Bonner demonstrates that the sheer 'uncertainty' of American definitions of citizenship opened ways on the margins for blacks to exploit and forge the developing republic before emancipation. This book is full of riveting stories about race and the American political imagination, of how freedom and citizenship took root in a hostile legal soil, and about the enduring power of collective struggle, however rancorous the schisms or how high the racist obstacles. Antebellum blacks used events and the nation's own creeds to make their future American."--David W. Blight, author of the Pulitizer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

"By taking us inside black activists' multifaceted fight for inclusion across much of the nineteenth century, Christopher James Bonner has crafted one of the most compelling, comprehensive stories about black citizenship in all its many manifestations to date."--Anne Twitty, author of Before Dred Scott Slavery and Legal Culture in the American Confluence, 1787-1857