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American Legal Realism
     

American Legal Realism

by William W. Fisher, Morton J. Horwitz, Thomas A. Reed
 

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A comprehensive, in-depth discussion of the most influential movement in American legal history, and one which remains more than fifty years later the subject of lively debate, this collection of readings, written largely between 1900 and 1940, includes works from prominent writers on the subject that have never before been generally available. Introduced and edited

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A comprehensive, in-depth discussion of the most influential movement in American legal history, and one which remains more than fifty years later the subject of lively debate, this collection of readings, written largely between 1900 and 1940, includes works from prominent writers on the subject that have never before been generally available. Introduced and edited by noted scholars in the field, the anthology includes such contributors as Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Thayer, Roscoe Pound, John Chipman Gray, Wesley Hohfeld, Karl Llewellyn, Arthur Corbin, Nathan Issacs, Robert Hale, Harold Laski, Max Radin, and others. With concise biographical notes as well as introductions to provide historical context, each selection addresses a different debate involving Legal Realism. Included is a selective bibliography, making the text valuable to a broad range of scholars.

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"[A] highly useful collection....The selections chosen for inclusion, the introductory discussion of each section, and the extensive citations all make this an essential volume for the study of law in American society."—American Studies International

"A very thoughtful selection of pre-Realist and Realist essays with marvelous introductory notes. Not just a useful teaching tool, but a valuable addition to understanding Realism."—Gregory Mark, Chicago-Kent College of Law

"This carefully selected and expertly edited collection of Realist texts should serve both students and their professors very well. It may well become a standard book for legal history courses."—Norman Rosenberg, Macalester College

"Very useful in teaching American legal history."—Louise Halper, Washington and Lee Law School

"Wonderful and very well edited. Every law student should read it."—Eric Lane, Hofstra Law School

"A very helpful collection of well chosen materials."—Ray Forrester, University of California, Hastings

"An excellent collection of materials which will be an invaluable resource in my teaching."—Jeff Powell, Duke University

"High powered stuff!...Well done!"—David Robinson, University of Houston-Downtown

"Comprehensive and rounded."—Thomas G. Barnes, University of California, Berkeley

"Realism remade the landscape of our law; in today's new world of transcendental nonsense, we ignore the Realists at our peril. Too many do, and this book is therefore essential. No one should leave law school without it."—Eben Moglen, Columbia Law School

"Good collection of writings and thoughts on the subject."—Sally Jo Vasicko, Ball State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199879335
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/14/1993
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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Edited by William W. Fisher, III, Professor of Law, Director of the Harvard Program on Legal History, Morton J. Horwitz, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Law, both at Harvard Law School, United States, and Thomas A. Reed, Assistant District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Norfolk County, Massachusetts

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