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The Resource Contested democracy : freedom, race, and power in American history, edited by Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen

Contested democracy : freedom, race, and power in American history, edited by Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen

Contested democracy : freedom, race, and power in American history
Contested democracy
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freedom, race, and power in American history
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edited by Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen
"With essays on U.S. history ranging from the American Revolution to the dawn of the twenty-first century, Contested Democracy illuminates struggles waged over freedom and citizenship throughout the American past. Guided by a commitment to democratic citizenship and responsible scholarship, the contributors to this volume insist that rigorous engagement with history is essential to a vital democracy, particularly amid the current erosion of human rights and civil liberties within the United States and abroad. Emphasizing the contradictory ways in which freedom has developed within the United States and in the exercise of American power abroad, these essays probe challenges to American democracy through conflicts shaped by race, slavery, gender, citizenship, political economy, immigration, law, empire, and the idea of the nation state. In this volume, writers demonstrate how opposition to the expansion of democracy has shaped the American tradition as much as movements for social and political change. By foregrounding those who have been marginalized in U.S society as well as the powerful, these historians and scholars argue for an alternative vision of American freedom that confronts the limitations, failings, and contradictions of U.S. power. Their work provides crucial insight into the role of the United States in this latest age of American empire and the importance of different and oppositional visions of American democracy and freedom. At a time of intense disillusionment with U.S. politics and of increasing awareness of the costs of empire, these contributors argue that responsible historical scholarship can challenge the blatant manipulation of discourses on freedom. They call for careful and conscientious scholarship not only to illuminate contemporary problems but also to act as a bulwark against mythmaking in the service of cynical political ends"--Provided by publisher
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Contested democracy : freedom, race, and power in American history, edited by Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen
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Introduction / Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen -- An alternative tradition of radicalism : Black abolitionists and the metaphor of revolution / Manisha Sinha -- Isaiah Rynders and the ironies of popular democracy in antebellum New York / Tyler Anbinder -- Leave of court : African American claims-making in the era of Dred Scott v. Sanford / Martha S. Jones -- City women : slavery and resistance in antebellum St. Louis / Martha Saxton -- Free soil, free labor, and free markets : on antebellum merchant clerks and the tautologies of profit / Michael Zakim -- Make "every slave free and every freeman a voter" : the African American construction of suffrage discourse in the age of emancipation / Wang Xi -- Making it fit : the federal government, liberal individualism, and the American West / Melinda Lawson -- Reconstructing the empire of cotton : a global story / Sven Beckert -- Cuba Libre and American imperial nationalism : conflicting views of racial democracy in post-Reconstruction United States / Alessandra Lorini -- Transnational solidarities : the Sacco and Vanzetti case in global perspective / Lisa McGirr -- "An ironic testimony to the value of American democracy" : assimilationism and the World War II internment of Japanese Americans / Mae M. Ngai -- Student protest, "law and order," and the origins of African American studies in California / Martha Biondi -- Duke Ellington plays Baghdad : rethinking hard and soft power from the outside In / Penny Von Eschen -- The story of American freedom before and after 9/11 / Eric Foner -- Afterword: "From the archives and from the heart" / David W. Blight
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