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The Cambridge History of Law in America: Volume 1: Early America (1580-1815)

Edited by: Michael Grossberg, Christopher Tomlins

ISBN13: 9780521803052
Published: April 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £103.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9781107605053

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One of the most exciting recent trends in the history of American law has been the proliferation of scholarship on law in early America.

Volume I of the Cambridge History of Law in America reaps the advantage of this proliferation, beginning the account of law in America with the very first moments of European colonization and settlement of the North American landmass. It follows those processes across two hundred years to the eventual creation and stabilization of the American republic.

The book discusses the place of law in regard to colonization and empire, indigenous peoples, government and jurisdiction, population migrations, economic and commercial activity, religion, the creation of social institutions, and revolutionary politics. American legal history long treated the era of the founding of the republic and the early nineteenth century as the beginning of American law. Volume I disputes that tendency and corrects it.

The Cambridge History of Law in America has been made possible by the generous support of the American Bar Foundation.

Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , USA
1. Law, colonization, legitimation and the European background
Anthony Pagden
2. The law of Native Americans to 1815
Katherine A. Hermes
3. English settlement and local governance
Mary Sarah Bilder
4. Legal communications and imperial governance: British North America and Spanish America compared
Richard J. Ross
5. Regionalism in early American law
David Thomas Konig
6. Penality and the colonial project: crime, punishment and the regulation of morals in early America
Michael Meranze
7. Law, population, labor
Christopher Tomlins
8. The fragmented laws of slavery in the colonial and revolutionary eras
Sally E. Hadden
9. The transformation of domestic law
Holly Brewer
10. Law and religion in colonial America
Mark McGarvie and Elizabeth Mensch
11. The transformation of law and economy in early America
Bruce H. Mann
12. Law and commerce, 1580-1815
Claire Priest
13. Law and the origins of the American Revolution
Jack P. Greene
14. Confederation and constitution
Jack N. Rakove
15. The consolidation of the early Federal sytem, 1791-1812
Saul Cornell and Gerald Leonard
16. Magistrates, common law lawyers, legislators: the three legal systems of British America
James A. Henretta.