Self-Evident Truths : Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War - Brown, Richard D.

Self-Evident Truths : Contesting Equal Rights from the Revolution to the Civil War

Richard D. Brown

Yayınevi: Yale University Press

Yayın tarihi: 04/2017

ISBN: 9780300197112

Ciltli | İngilizce | 400 Sayfa | 15,6x23,5x1,5 cm.

Tür: Politika - Dünya

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How did Americans in the generations following the Declaration of Independence translate its lofty ideals into practice? In this broadly synthetic work, distinguished historian Richard Brown shows that despite its founding statement that “all men are created equal,” the early Republic struggled with every form of social inequality. While people paid homage to the ideal of equal rights, this ideal came up against entrenched social and political practices and beliefs.
 
Brown illustrates how the ideal was tested in struggles over race and ethnicity, religious freedom, gender and social class, voting rights and citizenship. He shows how high principles fared in criminal trials and divorce cases when minorities, women, and people from different social classes faced judgment. This book offers a much-needed exploration of the ways revolutionary political ideas penetrated popular thinking and everyday practice.

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