In this 1912 edition of his 1911 history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Charles Warren sets out a historical sketch of law and lawyers in America from the Revolutionary War until 1860. Warren also includes an overview of the state of the law in England in the 17th and 18th centuries by way of background, and a chapter especially devoted to the effect of the railway on the development of American law in the Victorian era. This book will be useful to legal historians both British and American, and to anyone with an interest in the foundations of American legal institutions.
Part I. Colonial Bar: Preface; The first American address to lawyers; Introductory: law without lawyers; 1. English law, law books and lawyers in the seventeenth century; 2. The colonial bar of Virginia and Maryland; 3. Colonial Massachusetts bar; 4. Colonial New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; 5. The colonial Southern bar; 6. New England colonial bar; 7. The law and lawyers in England in the eighteenth century; 8. A colonial lawyer's education; 9. Early American barristers, and bar associations; Part II. Federal Bar: 10. Prejudices against law and lawyers; 11. The federal bar and law, 1789-1815; 12. Early state bars of New York and New England; 13. Early American law books; 14. Early law professorships and schools; 15. The Federal bar and the law, 1815-30; 16. The Federal bar and law, 1830-60; 17. The progress of the law, 1830-60; 18. The rise of railroad and corporation law; 19. The era of codes, 1820-60; 20. American law books, 1815-1910; Appendix; Index.