The History of Indiana Law

The History of Indiana Law

by David J. Bodenhamer, Randall T. Shepard

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Long regarded as a center for middle-American values, Indiana is also a cultural crossroads that has produced a rich and complex legal and constitutional heritage. The History of Indiana Law traces this history through a series of expert articles by identifying the themes that mark the state’s legal development and establish its place within the broader context of the Midwest and nation.

The History of Indiana Law explores the ways in which the state’s legal culture responded to—and at times resisted—the influence of national legal developments, including the tortured history of race relations in Indiana. Legal issues addressed by the contributors include the Indiana constitutional tradition, civil liberties, race, women’s rights, family law, welfare and the poor, education, crime and punishment, juvenile justice, the role of courts and judiciary, and landmark cases. The essays describe how Indiana law has adapted to the needs of an increasingly complex society.

The History of Indiana Law is an indispensable reference and invaluable first source to learn about law and society in Indiana during almost two centuries of statehood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821443941
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2006
Series: Law Society & Politics in the Midwest
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 622 KB

About the Author

David J. Bodenhamer is a professor of history and the executive director of The Polis Center at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. He is the author or editor of six books, including Fair Trial: Rights of the Accused in American History and The Bill of Rights in Modern America: After 200 Years (with James W. Ely Jr.).

Randall T. Shepard, an Evansville native, has become one of the most respected jurists in the country. Shepard was appointed to the Supreme Court of Indiana in 1985 and was later promoted to chief justice of the court.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface and Acknowledgments 000 Part I: Constructing the Framework 1. The Narratives and Counternarratives of Indiana Legal History 000 David J. Bodenhamer and Randall T. Shepard 2. Indiana's Constitution in a Nation of Constitutions 000 Patrick Baude Part II: The Law of Personal Status 3. Race, Law, and the Burdens of Indiana History 000 James H. Madison 4. Family Law in Indiana: A Domestic Relations Crossroads 000 Michael Grossberg and Amy Elson 5. The Poor You Have Always with You: The Problem of the "Sturdy Beggar" 000 Sheila Suess Kennedy Part III: Law and Crime 6. "Conspicuously Enlightened Policy": Criminal Justice in Indiana 000 Susan K. Carpenter 7. Juvenile Law: The Quest to Redeem Youthful Offenders 000 Margret G. Robb and Nancy Gettinger Part IV: Rights 8. From Petticoat Slavery to Equality: Women's Rights in Indiana Law 000 Virginia Dill McCarty 9. The Indiana Bill of Rights: Two Hundred Years of Civil Liberties History 000 Rebecca S. Shoemaker 10. The Uncertain Promise of Free Public Schooling 000 Martha McCarthy and Ran Zhang Part V: Bench and Bar 11. Indiana Courts and Lawyers, 1816-2004 000 Elizabeth R. Osborn 12. More Than Arbiters of Cases and Controversies: The Growing Impact of the Judiciary on Indiana's Legal Culture 000 Robert J. Maley and John R. Maley 13. Indiana Judges: A Portrait of Judicial Evolution 000 John G. Baker 14. Political Pragmatism and Common Sense: Leading Cases of the Indiana Supreme Court 000 George T. Patton Jr. 15. The U.S. Supreme Court on Circuit in Indiana, 1837-1891 000 Allen Sharp Appendix 000 List of Contributors 000 Index 000

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