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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Law in American History Volume I: From the Colonial Years Through the Civil War

ISBN13: 9780195102475
Published: March 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £32.49

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In speaking about the law, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said, "To know what it is, we must know what it has been, and what it tends to become."

G. Edward White, a leading legal historian, presents Law in American History, a two-volume, comprehensive narrative history of American law from the colonial period to the present. In this first volume, White explores the key turning points in roughly the first half of the American legal system, from the development of order in the colonies, to the signing of the Constitution, to the dissolution of the Union just before the Civil War.

In addition to these events, White analyzes issues like race, gender, and slavery that undergird the development of American jurisprudence. Along the way, he provides a compelling case for why law can be seen as the key to understanding the development of American life as we know it, shaping virtually every aspect of the American experience from the way we handle international relations to the food we choose to eat and drink.

Volume 2: From Reconstruction Through the 1920s, published in April 2015, is now available. Isbn 9780199930982

Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Introduction 1. The Colonial Years 2. Law and the Conditions of Agricultural Household Life, 1750-1800 3. Law and the Founding of the American Republic I: Toward Independence and Republican Government 4. Law and the Founding of the American Republic II: From the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution 5. The Supreme Court Emerges 6. Law and Entrepreneurship, 1800-1850 7. Law and the Dissolution of the Union I: The Political Parties, Congress, and Slavery 8. Law and the Dissolution of the Union II: Slavery, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court 9. The Civil War: Setting the Stage 10. The Civil War: Legal Issues