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American BloodThe Ends of the Family in American Literature, 1850-1900$
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Holly Jackson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199317042

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199317042.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
American Blood

Holly Jackson

Oxford University Press

This introduction traces a strain of antifamilial republican political thought that was supplanted by an American national identity based on genealogical blood in the nineteenth century. It reviews uses and critiques of familial rhetorics to naturalize socio-political exclusion, including Free Lovers and other utopian socialists who denounced the domestic family, and it introduces this book’s central argument that a significant strain of nineteenth-century American literature retained a republican suspicion of the institution of the family and its outsize status in American political and social life. Includes a discussion of nineteenth-century family register and genealogical tree lithographs.

Keywords:   antifamilialism, family tree or family register, Free Love, utopian socialism

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