"Phan does more than write a revisionist history, reimagining both American literary history and the long nineteenth century; his genealogy and his comparative method give us to understand how deeply entailed an earlier generation’s discussion of slavery might be with current prattle respecting 'original intent.' An immense contribution to law and literature scholarship."
—Stephen Best, University of California, Berkeley
"Phan (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) provides an original look at the cultural work of nation building....Readers with a rudimentary understanding of literary and political theory—and an awareness of economic history—will be best positioned to benefit from the author's extensive research into the legal, political, and literary writing of this important era, although many audiences will profit from his synthesis of these materials."
“Bonds of Citizenship is most insightful in its analyses of the controversies over the Constitution’s stance on slavery and in particular what is often called the ‘fugitive slave clause’ of the Constitution.”
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