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From the Publisher"Confident and successful. . . . Ranges across decades to depict the transformation of the common law of New York in the twentieth century. . . . A major contribution to twentieth-century American legal history. It goes into extraordinary depth into New York common law across the century and considers how one influential state legal system . . . met the legal demands of religious and ethnic diversity."
— Law and History Review
Nelson's vision is expansive, his research prodigious, his analysis insightful, and his achievement impressive. (Journal of American History)
Drawing on a beautifully detailed study of thousands of court opinions and life in New York, Nelson reveals how twentieth century common law jurists brought together the diverse racial, ethnic, and religious factions in the state. (Harvard Law Review)
A stunning achievement. Nelson's reading of thousands of cases has enabled him to construct a fascinating picture of change over time in New York. (Laura Kalman, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Sets a new and very high standard for studies of American legal history in the twentieth century. (American Historical Review)
Nowhere is the concept of the law as an evolving, dynamic, and progressive force in modern American society better espoused than in this seminal, exhaustive piece of legal and historical research. (Library Journal)