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The Cambridge History of Law in America: Volumes 1-3

Edited by: Michael Grossberg, Christopher Tomlins

ISBN13: 9781107665620
Published: April 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback, 3 Volumes (Hardback in 2008)
Price: £118.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521803045

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Law stands at the center of modern American life. Since the 1950s, American historians have produced an extraordinarily rich and diverse account of law and legal institutions in American history. But even though our knowledge has increased enormously, few attempts have been made to draw its many parts together in a summary and synthesis of the history of law in America.

The Cambridge History of Law in America has been designed for just this purpose. Sixty of the leading historians of law in the United States have been brought together in one enterprise to present the most comprehensive and authoritative account possible of the history of American law. The Cambridge History of Law in America has been made possible by the generous support of the American Bar Foundation.

Volume 1 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.

Volume II of the Cambridge History of Law in America focuses on the 'long' nineteenth century, from the creation of the Republic to the immediate aftermath of the First World War - the century of continental expansion, urban growth, capitalist innovation, industrialization, and war. The crystallization and then, after the Civil War, the reinvention of a distinctly American state system is examined, as is the establishment and growth of systematic legal education, the spread of the legal profession, and the growing density of legal institutions.

Volume III of the Cambridge History of Law in America covers the period from 1920 to the present, 'the American Century'. It charts a century of legal transformations - in the state, in legal thought and education, in professional organization and life, in American federalism and governance, in domestic affairs and international relations. It shows how, politically, socially and culturally, the twentieth century was when law became ubiquitous in American life.

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Volume 1.
1. Law, colonization, legitimation and the European background
2. The law of Native Americans to 1815
3. English settlement and local governance
4. Legal communications and imperial governance: British North America and Spanish America compared
5. Regionalism in early American law
6. Penality and the colonial project: crime, punishment and the regulation of morals in early America
7. Law, population, labor
8. The fragmented laws of slavery in the colonial and revolutionary eras
9. The transformation of domestic law
10. Law and religion in colonial America
11. The transformation of law and economy in early America
12. Law and commerce, 1580-1815
13. Law and the origins of the American Revolution
14. Confederation and constitution
15. The consolidation of the early Federal system, 1791-1812
16. Magistrates, common law lawyers, legislators: the three legal systems of British America
Volume 2.
1. Law and the American state, from the Revolution to the Civil War: institutional growth and structural change
2. Legal education and legal thought, 1790-1920
3. The legal profession: from the Revolution to the Civil War
4. The courts, 1790-1920
5. Criminal justice in the United States, 1790-1920: a government of laws or men?
6. Citizenship and immigration law, 1800-1924: resolutions of membership and territory
7. Federal policy, Western movement and consequences for indigenous people, 1790-1920
8. Marriage and domestic relations
9. Slavery, antislavery, and the coming of the Civil War
10. The civil war and reconstruction
11. Law, personhood and citizenship in the long nineteenth century: the borders of belonging
12. Law in popular culture, 1790-1920: the people and the law
13. Law and religion, 1790-1920
14. Legal innovation and market capitalism, 1790-1920
15. Innovations in law and technology, 1790-1920
16. The laws of industrial organization, 1870-1920
17. The military in American legal history
18. The United States and international affairs, 1789-1919
19. Politics, state building, and the courts, 1870-1920.
Volume 3.
1. Law and state, 1920-2000: institutional growth and structural change
2. Legal theory and legal education, 1920-2000
3. The American legal profession, 1870-2000
4. The courst, Federalism and the Federal Constitution, 1920-2000
5. The litigation revolution
6. Criminal justice in the United States
7. Law and medicine
8. The Great Depression and the New Deal
9. Labor's welfare state: defining workers, constructing citizens
10. Poverty law and income support: from the progressive era to the war on welfare
11. The rights revolution in the twentieth century
12. Race and rights
13. Heterosexuality as a legal regime
14. Law and the environment
15. Agriculture and the state, 1789-2000
16. Law and economic change during the short twentieth century
17. The corporate economy: ideologies of regulation and antitrust, 1920-2000
18. Law and commercial popular culture in the twentieth-century United States
19. Making law, making war, making America
20. Law, lawyers and empire.