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The Cambridge History of Law in America


  • Page extent: 888 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.3 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521803069)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published April 2008

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$170.00 (R)

Volume II of the Cambridge History of Law in America focuses on the long nineteenth century (1789-1920). It deals with the formation and development of the American state system, the establishment and growth of systematic legal education, the spread of the legal profession, the growing density of legal institutions and their interaction with political and social action, and the development of the modern criminal justice system. We also see how law intertwines with religion, how it becomes ingrained in popular culture, and how it intersects with the worlds of the American military and of international relations

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


1. Law and the American state, from the Revolution to the Civil War: institutional growth and structural change Mark R. Wilson; 2. Legal education and legal thought, 1790–1920 Hugh C. MacGill and R. Kent Newmyer; 3. The legal profession: from the Revolution to the Civil War Alfred S. Konefsky; 4. The courts, 1790–1920 Kermit L. Hall; 5. Criminal justice in the United States, 1790–1920: a government of laws or men? Elizabeth Dale; 6. Citizenship and immigration law, 1800–1924: resolutions of membership and territory Kunal M. Parker; 7. Federal policy, Western movement and consequences for indigenous people, 1790–1920 David E. Wilkins; 8. Marriage and domestic relations Norma Basch; 9. Slavery, antislavery, and the coming of the Civil War Ariela Gross; 10. The civil war and reconstruction Laura F. Edwards; 11. Law, personhood and citizenship in the long nineteenth century: the borders of belonging Barbara Young Welke; 12. Law in popular culture, 1790–1920: the people and the law Nan Goodman; 13. Law and religion, 1790–1920 Sarah Barringer Gordon; 14. Legal innovation and market capitalism, 1790–1920 Tony A. Freyer; 15. Innovations in law and technology, 1790–1920 B. Zorina Khan; 16. The laws of industrial organization, 1870–1920 Karen Orren; 17. The military in American legal history Jonathan Lurie; 18. The United States and international affairs, 1789–1919 Eileen P. Scully; 19. Politics, state building, and the courts, 1870–1920 William E. Forbath.

Prize Winner

Cited and recognized by the Littleton-Griswold Prize Committee: "...the conceptual frameworks...will mark our field for a generation."


"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."


Mark R. Wilson, Hugh C. MacGill, R. Kent Newmyer, Alfred S. Konefsky, Kermit L. Hall, Elizabeth Dale, Kunal M. Parker, David E. Wilkins, Norma Basch, Ariela Gross, Laura F. Edwards, Barbara Young Welke, Nan Goodman, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Tony A. Freyer, B. Zorina Khan, Karen Orren, Jonathan Lurie, Eileen P. Scully, William E. Forbath

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