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Blackstone in America explores the creative process of transplantation – the way in which American legislators and judges refashioned the English common law inheritance to fit the republican political culture of the new nation. With current scholarship returning to focus on the transformation of Anglo-American law to ‘American’ law, Professor Kathryn Preyer’s lifelong study of the constitutional and legal culture of the early American republic has acquired new relevance and a wider audience.
The collection includes Professor Preyer’s work on criminal law, the early national judiciary, and the history of the book. All nine of Professor Preyer’s important and award-winning essays are easily accessible in this volume, with new introductions by three leading scholars of early American law.