A Companion to American Legal History presents a compilation of the most recent writings from leading scholars on American legal history from the colonial era through the late twentieth century.
Presents up-to-date research describing the key debates in American legal historyReflects the current state of American legal history research and points readers in the direction of future researchRepresents an ideal companion for graduate and law students seeking an introduction to the field, the key questions, and future research ideas
Sally E. Hadden is Associate Professor of History at Western Michigan University, where she teaches legal history and the history of early America. She is the author of Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas (2001) and co-editor of Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History (with P. Minter, 2013). Alfred L. Brophy is Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches property and trusts and estates. His books include Reparations: Pro and Con (2006), Integrating Spaces: Property Law and Race (with A. Lopez and K. Murray, 2011), and Transformations in American Legal History (with D. Hamilton, 2010).
Notes on Contributors x Introduction 1 Sally E. Hadden and Alfred L. Brophy Part I Chronological Overviews 5 1 Reconsidering the Seventeenth Century: Legal History in the Americas 7 Elizabeth Dale 2 What s Done and Undone: Colonial American Legal History, 1700 1775 26 Sally E. Hadden 3 1775 1815 46 Ellen Holmes Pearson 4 The Antebellum Era Through Civil War 67 Alfred L. Brophy 5 Beyond Classical Legal Thought: Law and Governance in Postbellum America, 1865 1920 86 Roman J. Hoyos 6 American Legal History, 1920 1970 105 Christopher W. Schmidt Part II Individuals and Groups 125 7 Native Americans 127 Christian McMillen 8 African Americans in Slavery 152 Thomas J. Davis 9 African Americans in Freedom 171 James Campbell 10 Women s Legal History 190 Felice Batlan 11 Families 209 David S. Tanenhaus 12 Who Belongs? Immigrants and the Law in American History 228 Allison Brownell Tirres 13 The Legal Profession 247 Mark E. Steiner Part III Subject Areas 267 14 Law and the Economy of Early America: Markets, Institutions of Exchange, and Labor 269 Christine Desan 15 Law and the Economy in the United States, 1820 2000 289 Harwell Wells 16 Law and Labor in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 308 Deborah Dinner 17 Siting the Legal History of Poverty: Below, Above, and Amidst 329 Felicia Kornbluh and Karen Tani 18 Taxes 349 Robin L. Einhorn 19 Law and the Administrative State 367 Joanna L. Grisinger 20 Law and Religion 387 Steven K. Green 21 Legal History and the Military 406 Elizabeth L. Hillman 22 Criminal Law and Justice in America 422 Elizabeth Dale 23 Intellectual Property 441 Steven Wilf Part IV Legal Thought 461 24 Law and Literature 463 Jeannine Marie DeLombard 25 Legal Thought from Blackstone to Kent and Story 484 Steven J. Macias 26 American Jurisprudence in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 506 James D. Schmidt 27 Critical Legal Studies 524 John Henry Schlegel 28 The International Context: An Imperial Perspective on American Legal History 543 Clara Altman Index 562