In this Book

States of Union
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In two canonical decisions of the 1920s—Meyer v. Nebraska and Pierce v. Society of Sisters—the Supreme Court announced that family (including certain relations within it) was an institution falling under the Constitution’s protective umbrella. Since then, proponents of “family values” have claimed that a timeless form of family—nuclear and biological—is crucial to the constitutional order. Mark Brandon’s new book, however, challenges these claims.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: Family Values
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Family and Civilization
  2. pp. 14-31
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  1. 2. The English Ancestry of the American Law of Family
  2. pp. 32-61
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  1. 3. Family at the Birth of the American Order
  2. pp. 62-80
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  1. 4. Slaves, the Slaveholding Household, and the Racial Family
  2. pp. 81-107
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  1. 5. Home on the Range: Families in American Continental Settlement
  2. pp. 108-134
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  1. 6. Tribal Families and the American Nation
  2. pp. 135-150
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  1. 7. Uncommon Families, Part 1: American Communism
  2. pp. 151-180
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  1. 8. Uncommon Families, Part 2: Polygamy
  2. pp. 181-210
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  1. 9. Modern Times: Family in the Nation’s Courts
  2. pp. 211-239
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  1. Conclusion: The Meanings of Marriage
  2. pp. 240-266
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 267-273
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 275-321
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-335
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 351-351
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