By Kathleen S. Sullivan
While the us used to be based on summary ideas of convinced "unalienable rights," its criminal traditions are dependent in British universal legislation, a truth lengthy decried through revolutionary reformers. universal legislation, the grievance is going, ignores summary rights ideas in prefer of culture, successfully denying equality to massive segments of the inhabitants.
The nineteenth-century women's rights stream embraced this argument, claiming that universal legislations principles of estate and married women's prestige have been at odds with the nation's dedication to equality. traditional knowledge means that this tactic helped pave the way in which for balloting rights and higher jobs. In Constitutional Context, Kathleen S. Sullivan provides a clean perspective.
In revisiting the era's congressional debates, country laws, judicial reviews, information debts, and paintings of political activists, Sullivan reveals that the argument for common, summary rights was once now not the single, or top, course to be had for social switch. instead of erecting a brand new paradigm of absolute rights, she argues, women's rights activists unwittingly undermined universal law's skill to redress grievances, contributing seriously to the social, cultural, and political stagnation that characterizes where of girls and the flow today.
A difficult and considerate examine of what's ordinarily considered an period of development, Constitutional Context offers the basis for a extra complete realizing and interpretation of constitutional law.
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Constitutional Context: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America (The Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought) by Kathleen S. Sullivan