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The Forgotten Emancipator: James Mitchell Ashley and the Ideological Origins of Reconstruction - Rebecca Zietlow
The Forgotten Emancipator: James Mitchell Ashley and the Ideological Origins of Reconstruction
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Congressman James Mitchell Ashley, a member of the House of Representatives from 1858 to 1868, was the main sponsor of the Thirteenth Amendment to the American Constitution, which declared the institution of slavery unconstitutional. Rebecca E. Zietlow uses Ashley's life as a unique lens through... show more
Congressman James Mitchell Ashley, a member of the House of Representatives from 1858 to 1868, was the main sponsor of the Thirteenth Amendment to the American Constitution, which declared the institution of slavery unconstitutional. Rebecca E. Zietlow uses Ashley's life as a unique lens through which to explore the ideological origins of Reconstruction and the constitutional changes of this era. Zietlow recounts how Ashley and his antislavery allies shared an egalitarian free labor ideology that was influenced by the political antislavery movement and the nascent labor movement - a vision that conflicted directly with the institution of slavery. Ashley's story sheds important light on the meaning and power of popular constitutionalism: how the constitution is interpreted outside of the courts and the power that citizens and their elected officials can have in enacting legal change. The book shows how Reconstruction not only expanded racial equality but also transformed the rights of workers throughout America.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781107479234 (1107479231)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
Category:
Biography, History
Series: Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society
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4.0 Podcast #176 is up!
My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Rebecca Zietlow about her intellectual biography of James Ashley, a United States Congressman in the 1860s who was instrumental in the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Enjoy!
markk
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4.0 From free labor to emancipation
James Mitchell Ashley is one of the many American politicians whose fame and importance are inversely related. Though a member of the United States Congress for only a decade, he served in it during one of the most important periods in its history, as he was elected on the eve of the Civil War and p...
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