Recent questions and interpretations of the U.S. Constitution have left many Americans wondering over the history and basic values of this monumentally important document. Herbert A. Johnson provides the historical background of the constitution to help shed light on the important concepts of private property rights, the idea of limited government, and the interrelationship between public and private law. American Legal and Constitutional History provides an introduction to the constitutional and private law development in the American colonies and states until 1937. This history is invaluable for law and graduate courses in legal and constitutional history, as well as undergraduate honors courses.
Herbert A. Johnson has a Ph.D. in American History and Comparative Law from Columbia University, New York. He is Ernest F. Hollings Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
Chapter 1 Preface to the Second Edition; Acknowledgements Chapter 2 American Colonial Legal History Chapter 3 Constitutions of Revolutionary America Chapter 4 Philadelphia Convention and Federal Constitution Chapter 5 Shaping the Constitution in Antebellum America Chapter 6 Family Law in Early America Chapter 7 Vested Rights and Due Process of Law Chapter 8 Tort Law in Industrializing America Chapter 9 Slave and Free Labor in Antebellum America Chapter 10 The Fourteenth Amendment and Substantive Due Process Chapter 11 Corporations, Trusts, and the Sherman Act Chapter 12 Freedom of Contract, Interstate Commerce and the New Deal Chapter 13 Organizing the Legal Profession and Explaining the Law Chapter 14 Epilogue; Table of Cases; Index