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A Judgment for Solomon: The d'Hauteville Case and Legal Experience in Antebellum America / Edition 1
     

A Judgment for Solomon: The d'Hauteville Case and Legal Experience in Antebellum America / Edition 1

by Michael Grossberg, Arthur F. McEvoy, Christopher L. Tomlins
 

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ISBN-10: 0521557453

ISBN-13: 9780521557450

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A Judgment for Solomon tells the story of the d'Hauteville case, a controversial child custody battle fought in 1840. It uses the story of one couple's bitter fight over their son to explore some timebound and timeless features of American legal culture. This eagerly followed trial sparked a national debate over the legal rights and duties of mothers and fathers,

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A Judgment for Solomon tells the story of the d'Hauteville case, a controversial child custody battle fought in 1840. It uses the story of one couple's bitter fight over their son to explore some timebound and timeless features of American legal culture. This eagerly followed trial sparked a national debate over the legal rights and duties of mothers and fathers, husbands and wives. The d'Hauteville case explains why popular trials become "precedents of legal experience"— mediums for debates about highly contested social issues. It also demonstrates the ability of individual women and men to contribute to legal change by turning to the law to fight for what they want.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521557450
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Entering the law's shadows; 2. Bargaining in the shadow of the law; 3. Out of the shadows; 4. Into a court of law; 5. Into the court of public opinion; 6. Back into the shadows.

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