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Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature by Gregg D. (Ohio University) Crane


Race, Citizenship, and Law in American Literature by Gregg D. (Ohio University) Crane

In this broad ranging and powerful study, Gregg Crane examines the interaction between civic identity, race and justice in American law and literature. Crane recounts the efforts of literary and legal figures to bring the nation's law into line with the moral consensus that slavery and racial oppression were evil. By documenting an actual historical interaction central both to American literature and American constitutional law, Crane reveals the influence of literature on the constitutional discourse of citizenship. Covering such writers as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Douglass, and a whole range of novelists, poets, philosophers, politicians, lawyers and judges, this is a remarkable book, that will revise the relationship between race and nationalism in American literature.


'A profound and moving book that deserves a wide audience. Crane displays a searching wisdom and precise imagination in brilliantly describing the moral universe where literature and law meet in key texts of the nineteenth century. An indispensable study of nationalism and race and their impact on American law and literature.'
Eric Sundquist

'An ambitious, brilliant, study of American literary and legal texts from the late eighteenth into the twentieth century. This profoundly interdisciplinary study of law and literature, written by someone who has clearly mastered both disciplines, is also a major contribution to African American literary and cultural studies.'
Robert Levine

'This book will force scholars in the field to revise their understanding of the political heritage of the Emersonian tradition.'
Brook Thomas Gregg D. Crane wins his laurels for a detailed and well

-reasoned work of extraordinary intensity ...'. American Studies

About the Author

Gregg Crane is Assistant Professor of English at Miami University. He has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1986. He has published in American Literary History, American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Literature and Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

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Publication date

24th January 2002


Gregg D. (Ohio University) Crane

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Cambridge University Press


312 pages


Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Regional studies



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