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The Cambridge History of Law in America

Volume 1. Early America (1580–1815)


Part of The Cambridge History of Law in America

Anthony Pagden, Katherine A. Hermes, Mary Sarah Bilder, Richard J. Ross, David Thomas Konig, Michael Meranze, Christopher Tomlins, Sally E. Hadden, Holly Brewer, Mark McGarvie, Elizabeth Mensch, Bruce H. Mann, Claire Priest, Jack P. Greene, Jack N. Rakove, Saul Cornell, Gerald Leonard, James A. Henretta
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  • Date Published: April 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521803052


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

    • Presented in the great tradition of collectively written Cambridge histories, The Cambridge History of Law in America brings together sixty scholars - all the leading historians of law in the United States - to chart our accumulated knowledge of law in America from the first European contacts at the end of the sixteenth century through the early twenty-first century
    • These three volumes put on display all the intellectual vitality and variety of the best that American legal history has to offer
    • These books present an original, comprehensive and authoritative account of the present understanding and range of interpretation of the history of American law
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    "Grossberg and Tomlin present this fine edited collection of essays on the law in the US...The chapter authors, leading experts in their fields, present lively, well-written pieces...Of great value is each volume's long, comprehensive bibliographic essay, which is over 120 pages in each book. A very good and enriching treatment of the topics covered, as well as a good general survey."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521803052
    • length: 760 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 164 x 46 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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 system, 1791–1812 Saul Cornell and Gerald Leonard
    16. Magistrates, common law lawyers, legislators: the three legal systems of British America James A. Henretta.

  • Editors

    Michael Grossberg

    Christopher Tomlins, University of California, Irvine
    Michael Grossberg is the Sally M. Reahard Professor of History and a Professor of Law at Indiana University. His research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, particularly the intersection of law and family.


    Anthony Pagden, Katherine A. Hermes, Mary Sarah Bilder, Richard J. Ross, David Thomas Konig, Michael Meranze, Christopher Tomlins, Sally E. Hadden, Holly Brewer, Mark McGarvie, Elizabeth Mensch, Bruce H. Mann, Claire Priest, Jack P. Greene, Jack N. Rakove, Saul Cornell, Gerald Leonard, James A. Henretta

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