Essays on English Law and the American Experience

Essays on English Law and the American Experience

by Elisabeth A. Cawthon, Calvin Woodard, Yasuhide Kawashima, Thomas P. Slaughter
     
 

The roots of American jurisprudence in English common law are generally recognized. This provocative volume examines how English legal forms and principles have been transformed and shaped by a people who cherished the Anglo-American legal connection but were determined to alter the law to suit particular political, social, and economic circumstances.

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The roots of American jurisprudence in English common law are generally recognized. This provocative volume examines how English legal forms and principles have been transformed and shaped by a people who cherished the Anglo-American legal connection but were determined to alter the law to suit particular political, social, and economic circumstances.

The authors, writing from a variety of perspectives, explore the nexus between social forces and the nexus between social forces and the relatively autonomous legal system. They describe how the details of society and social organization (such as collective values, political culture, and ideology) interact with the ideas and structures of law to shape legal forms, habits, practices, and outcomes.

Through their studies of the notion of sanctuary, the development of fencing law on the Great Plains, the shaping of the American law of treason, the British origins of the Texas workers’ compensation system, the Americanization of Blackstone, and the meaning of common law in the United States, these scholars not only show the ongoing historical influence of English law and legal history after the American Revolution but also demonstrate the current vitality of comparative legal history as a discipline.

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Six scholars of legal history examine how English law was imported to the US and modified to suit the new nations's circumstances. They discuss sanctuary and exile, Blackstone's Commentaries, treason, fencing the Great Plains, workers' compensation, and the evolving meaning of common law. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890965818
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Series:
Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, #27
Pages:
135
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


ELISABETH A. CAWTHON is an assistant professor and DAVID E. NARRETT an associate professor in the Department of History, University of Texas at Arlington.

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