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State Sovereignty and Migration before Reconstruction

State Sovereignty and Migration before Reconstruction <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article emphasizes northerners&apos; arguments for state sovereignty across a range of antebellum conflicts over migration and immigration, emphasizing the many ways free state residents discussed and defended the sovereignty of states and, in particular, the power of the states to regulate persons they considered potentially disruptive. Free state lawyers, legislators, and judges, drawing on a legal tradition dating back to early modern England, regularly argued that states were entitled to regulate the mobility and residency not only of paupers and vagrants, but also of immigrants from Europe, alleged fugitive slaves, free black people, Chinese immigrants, and even slavecatchers. These contemporaries were engaged less in an argument over abstract theories of states&apos; rights versus nationalism than in a struggle to govern a mobile and diverse population.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

State Sovereignty and Migration before Reconstruction

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 9 (4) – Dec 5, 2019

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article emphasizes northerners&apos; arguments for state sovereignty across a range of antebellum conflicts over migration and immigration, emphasizing the many ways free state residents discussed and defended the sovereignty of states and, in particular, the power of the states to regulate persons they considered potentially disruptive. Free state lawyers, legislators, and judges, drawing on a legal tradition dating back to early modern England, regularly argued that states were entitled to regulate the mobility and residency not only of paupers and vagrants, but also of immigrants from Europe, alleged fugitive slaves, free black people, Chinese immigrants, and even slavecatchers. These contemporaries were engaged less in an argument over abstract theories of states&apos; rights versus nationalism than in a struggle to govern a mobile and diverse population.</p>

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 5, 2019

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