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Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2018
I loved this book! Martha Jones is transparent about her archival process and the present-day connections her book has with spaces around Baltimore, such as the local courthouse. One of her arguments is that citizenship is not just a concept defined and dictated by the Constitution; citizenship is also understood and practiced by free blacks despite rulings such as Dred Scott. This book changed my conception of law​ because it made me think about how ordinary people are also part of defining it through practices such as traveling and claiming property. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a history of law that deals with everyday life in free black communities!
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