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The Resource Family, law, and inheritance in America : a social and legal history of nineteenth-century Kentucky, Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University, (electronic resource)

Family, law, and inheritance in America : a social and legal history of nineteenth-century Kentucky, Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University, (electronic resource)

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Family, law, and inheritance in America : a social and legal history of nineteenth-century Kentucky
Title
Family, law, and inheritance in America
Title remainder
a social and legal history of nineteenth-century Kentucky
Statement of responsibility
Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University
Title variation
Family, Law, & Inheritance in America
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Yvonne Pitts explores inheritance practices by focusing on nineteenth-century testamentary capacity trials in Kentucky in which disinherited family members challenged relatives' wills. These disappointed heirs claimed that their departed relative lacked the capacity required to write a valid will. These inheritance disputes criss-crossed a variety of legal and cultural terrains, including ordinary people's understandings of what constituted insanity and justice, medical experts' attempts to infuse law with science, and the independence claims of women. Pitts uncovers the contradictions in the body of law that explicitly protected free will while simultaneously reinforcing the primacy of blood in mediating claims to inherited property. By anchoring the study in local communities and the texts of elite jurists, Pitts demonstrates that 'capacity' was a term laden with legal meaning and competing communal values about family, race relations and rationality. These concepts evolved as Kentucky transitioned from a conflicted border state with slaves to a developing free-labor, industrializing economy.--
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Pitts, Yvonne
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
  • Cambridge historical studies in American law and society
  • Cambridge Social Sciences eBooks
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  • Inheritance and succession
  • Wills
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Family, law, and inheritance in America : a social and legal history of nineteenth-century Kentucky, Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University, (electronic resource)
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https://eui.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139564991
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
Contents
1. 'Parental justice': inheritance and obligation in families -- 2. 'My black family': manumissions and freedom in inheritance disputes -- 3. Arbiters of sanity: medical experts and jurists -- 4. Physical impairments and degenerate minds: the body as evidence -- 5. A special power: women's testamentary capacity
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CR9781139564991
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 203 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
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9781139564991
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)843079235
Label
Family, law, and inheritance in America : a social and legal history of nineteenth-century Kentucky, Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University, (electronic resource)
Link
https://eui.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139564991
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. 'Parental justice': inheritance and obligation in families -- 2. 'My black family': manumissions and freedom in inheritance disputes -- 3. Arbiters of sanity: medical experts and jurists -- 4. Physical impairments and degenerate minds: the body as evidence -- 5. A special power: women's testamentary capacity
Control code
CR9781139564991
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 203 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Use of this electronic resource may be governed by a license agreement which restricts use to the European University Institute community. Each user is responsible for limiting use to individual, non-commercial purposes, without systematically downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information, provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. The use of software, including scripts, agents, or robots, is generally prohibited and may result in the loss of access to these resources for the entire European University Institute community
Isbn
9781139564991
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)843079235

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