This wide-ranging interdisciplinary book examines acts of union and disunion in local, national and international nineteenth century settings, in Britain, Europe and the United States. With contributors from the fields of cultural history, literary studies, American studies and legal history, Union and Disunion in the Nineteenth Century examines the ideal and realities of union in nineteenth century discourse in relation to political leadership, trade unions, emancipation, religion and law.
Introduction; Part One: Union and Disunion in Literature;1. 1066 and All That? Union and Disunion in Bulwer-Lytton’s Harold, the Last of the Saxon Kings (1848); 2.Antidisestablishmentarianism and Margaret Oliphant’s Salem’s Chapel; Part Two: Union and Disunion in Europe;3.The English Visit to Paris: April 1849 and Popular Efforts to Forge Union;4.Rose Blaze de Bury: A Case-Study in Uniting a Female Signature with ‘Unfeminine’ Mid-Nineteenth Century European Politics of (Dis-)Union; Part Three: Union and Disunion in Great Britain; 5.Scottish Political Leadership and Union in the Long Nineteenth Century; 6. An "illegal Union of Lawyers, and Writers, and Political Baronets": The Conservative Party and Scottish Governance, 1832–1868; 7."One and All"? The Absence of Trade Unionism in Nineteenth- Century Cornwall; 8.Looking Through the Symbolic Prism of Union Street: A Case Study of the Unification of Plymouth’s Three Towns 1850–1914; Part Four: Union and Disunion in the United States; 9. Union and Disunion among enslaved couples and the nation: The changing nature of slave marriage from slavery through Civil War; 10. Attempting Disunion: Mutable Borders and the Mormon Experience with the United States, 1846–1858; 11.The South Carolina Jeremiad: Reinterpreting John C. Calhoun’s Legacy in the 1850s; Part Five: Union and Disunion in English Law;12.The Purity of Husband and Wife, and the Union of Family: Family involvement in the discharge of maternal child-murderers from Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, 1863 – 1890; 13.United in Matrimony; United in Acrimony; United in Death; United in Condemnation…or not? Dis-union in the jury room. Regina v John William Anderson: Newcastle Winter Assizes 1875; 14. Establishing the Poor Law Unions under the New Poor Law: rolling out a new welfare system