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An anthology of introductory readings on the roots, history, and future of American law.. Intended for the general public, the readings in this collection focus on the interactions of law with larger social forces, and on the most influential personalities who have impacted the development of the law in America. The drama of the law is highlighted from confrontations between the king and parliament in sixteenth century England, to the issues before the Rehnquist Supreme Court, and into the future with the extension of law to deal with the development of science and technology. The contributions of individuals are explored from Justinian in ancient Rome to Justices of the Supreme Court, validating the quote of Justice Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., that it is possible to live greatly in the law. Intended for the general public, the readings in this collection explore the roots of American law from pre-history to ancient Greece and Rome and the common law of England. Americas legal development is traced from the drafting of the Constitution to the Rehnquist Court.;Themes along the way include the Golden Age of the early nineteenth century, when American law took on its distinctive character, the impact of slavery and the Civil War, and the struggles of the Progressives to regulate the nations industrialized economy between the post-Civil War era and the New Deal. A reading on the Nuremberg Trials introduces the theme of international human rights, while post-war readings trace the nations legal confrontations over civil liberties, civil rights, the rights of women, the protection of the environment, and legal protections for those accused of crimes. Dramatic highlights include the Sacco-Vanzetti case, the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War, the trial of the Chicago Eight during the Vietnam War, and the Watergate scandal. Leading personalities include Sirs Edward Coke and William Blackstone in England, Chief Justices John Marshall and Earl Warren, Justices Stephen J. Field, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis, and Felix Frankfurter, and Judge Learned Hand.;Readings on the future of American law explore the impact of alternative dispute resolution, science and technology, globalization, and space exploration, as well as trends in the legal profession and in legal philosophy.