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In eighteenth- and nineteenth-century debates about the constructions of American nationhood and national citizenship, the frequently invoked concept of divided sovereignty signified the division of power between state and federal authorities and/or the possibility of one nation residing within the geopolitical boundaries of another. Political and social realities of the nineteenth centuryùsuch as immigration, slavery, westward expansion, Indigenous treaties, and financial panicsùamplified anxieties about threats to national/state sovereignty.

Rochelle Raineri Zuck argues that, in the decades between the ratification of the Constitution and the publication of Sutton GriggsÆs novel Imperium in Imperio in 1899, four populations were most often referred to as racial and ethnic nations within the nation: the Cherokees, African Americans, Irish Americans, and Chinese immigrants. Writers and orators from these groups engaged the concept of divided sovereignty to assert alternative visions of sovereignty and collective allegiance (not just ethnic or racial identity), to gain political traction, and to complicate existing formations of nationhood and citizenship. Their stories intersected with issues that dominated nineteenth-century public argument and contributed to the Civil War.

In five chapters focused on these groups, Zuck reveals how constructions of sovereignty shed light on a host of concerns including regional and sectional tensions; territorial expansion and jurisdiction; economic uncertainty; racial, ethnic, and religious differences; international relations; immigration; and arguments about personhood, citizenship, and nationhood.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Imperium in Imperio and the Division of Sovereignty in American Literature and Public Argument
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. 1. "In the Heart of So Powerful a Nation" Cherokee Sovereignty, Political Allegiance, and National Spaces
  2. pp. 32-68
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  1. 2. "And Ethiopia Shall Stretch Forth Her Hands" African Colonization, Divided Sovereignty, and Rhetorics of an African American Imperium
  2. pp. 69-102
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  1. 3. "Space for Action" Divided Sovereignty, Political Allegiance, and African American Nationhood in the 1850s
  2. pp. 103-138
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  1. 4. "An Irish Republic (on Paper)" The Fenian Brotherhood, Virtual Nationhood, and Contested Sovereignties
  2. pp. 139-174
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  1. 5. "China in the United States" Extraterritorial Sovereignty, the Six Companies, and Rhetorics of a Chinese Imperium
  2. pp. 175-214
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  1. Conclusion: Becoming Minority Nations in Nineteenth-Century America
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-256
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 257-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820349640
Related ISBN
9780820345420
MARC Record
OCLC
951551777
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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