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A Judgment for Solomon: The d'Hauteville Case and Legal Experience in Antebellum America

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ISBN13: 9780521557450
ISBN: 0521557453
Published: November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £27.99



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A Judgment for Solomon tells the story of the d'Hauteville case, a controversial child custody battle fought in 1840. It uses the story of one couple's bitter fight over their son to explore some timebound and timeless features of American legal culture.

In a narrative analysis, it recounts how marital woes led Ellen and Gonzalve d'Hauteville into what Alexis de Tocqueville called the 'shadow of the law'. Their multiple legal experiences culminated in an eagerly followed Philadelphia trial that sparked a national debate over the legal rights and duties of mothers and fathers, and husbands and wives.

The story of the d'Hauteville case explains why popular trials become 'precedents of legal experience' - mediums for debates about highly contested social issues. It also demonstrates the ability of individual women and men to contribute to legal change by turning to the law to fight for what they want.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
1. Entering the law's shadows
2. Bargaining in the shadow of the law
3. Out of the shadows
4. Into a court of law
5. Into the court of public opinion
6. Back into the shadows.