328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 13 halftones, 1 map, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3643-6
Published: February 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3645-0
Published: January 2018
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5915-2
Published: February 2020
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Awards & distinctions
2019 Cromwell Prize, American Society for Legal History
2018 James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Co-Winner of the 2019 J. Willard Hurst Prize, Law & Society Association
2018 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History, Langum Charitable Trust
2019 Vanderbilt University Chancellor's Award for Research
To understand their success, Welch argues that we must understand the language that they used--the language of property, in particular--to make their claims recognizable and persuasive to others and to link their status as owner to the ideal of a free, autonomous citizen. In telling their stories, Welch reveals a previously unknown world of black legal activity, one that is consequential for understanding the long history of race, rights, and civic inclusion in America.
About the Author
Kimberly M. Welch is assistant professor of history and law at Vanderbilt University.
For more information about Kimberly M. Welch, visit the Author Page.