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Opening Statements: Law, Jurisprudence, and the Legacy of Dutch New York

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Edited by: Albert M. Rosenblatt, Julia C. Rosenblatt

ISBN13: 9781438446578
Published: January 2013
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £25.00



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No society can function without laws, that set of established practices and expectations that guide the way people get along with one another and relate to ruling authorities. Although much has been written about the English roots of American law and jurisprudence, little attention has been paid until recently to the legacy left by the Dutch. In Opening Statements, a broad spectrum of eminent scholars examine the legal heritage that New Netherland bequeathed to New York in the seventeenth century. Even after the transfer of the colony to England placed New York under English Common Law rather than Dutch Roman Law, the Dutch system of jurisprudence continued to influence evolving American concepts of governance, liberty, women’s rights, and religious freedom in ways that still resonate in today’s legal culture.