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The Cambridge History of Law in America


  • Page extent: 976 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.4 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521803076)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published April 2008

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$170.00 (R)

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. Among the themes discussed are innovation in the disciplinary and regulatory use of law, changes wrought by the intersection of law with explosive struggles around race, gender, class and sexuality, the emergence and development of the particularly American legal discourse of ‘rights’, and the expansion of this discourse to the international arena. The main focus of this last volume of the Cambridge History of Law in America is the accelerating pace of change, change which we can be confident will continue.

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


1. Law and state, 1920–2000: institutional growth and structural change Daniel R. Ernst; 2. Legal theory and legal education, 1920–2000 William W. Fisher III; 3. The American legal profession, 1870–2000 Robert W. Gordon; 4. The courts, Federalism and the Federal Constitution, 1920–2000 Edward A. Purcell, Jr; 5. The litigation revolution Lawrence M. Friedman; 6. Criminal justice in the United States Michael Willrich; 7. Law and medicine Leslie J. Reagan; 8. The Great Depression and the New Deal Barry Cushman; 9. Labor's welfare state: defining workers, constructing citizens Eileen Boris; 10. Poverty law and income support: from the progressive era to the war on welfare Gwendolyn Mink, Samantha Ann Majic and Leandra Zarnow; 11. The rights revolution in the twentieth century Mark Tushnet; 12. Race and rights Michael J. Klarman; 13. Heterosexuality as a legal regime Margot Canaday; 14. Law and the environment Betsy Mendelsohn; 15. Agriculture and the state, 1789–2000 Victoria Saker Woeste; 16. Law and economic change during the short twentieth century John Henry Schlegel; 17. The corporate economy: ideologies of regulation and antitrust, 1920–2000 Gregory A. Mark; 18. Law and commercial popular culture in the twentieth-century United States Norman L. Rosenberg; 19. Making law, making war, making America Mary L. Dudziak; 20. Law, lawyers and empire Yves Dezalay and Bryant G. Garth.

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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."


Daniel R. Ernst, William W. Fisher III, Robert W. Gordon, Edward A. Purcell, Jr, Lawrence M. Friedman, Michael Willrich, Leslie J. Reagan, Barry Cushman, Eileen Boris, Gwendolyn Mink, Samantha Ann Majic, Leandra Zarnow, Mark Tushnet, Michael J. Klarman, Margot Canaday, Betsy Mendelsohn, Victoria Saker Woeste, John Henry Schlegel, Gregory A. Mark, Norman L. Rosenberg, Mary L. Dudziak, Yves Dezalay, Bryant G. Garth

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