The Magic Mirror: Law in American History / Edition 2

The Magic Mirror: Law in American History / Edition 2

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The Magic Mirror: Law in American History / Edition 2

Weaving together themes from the history of public, private, and constitutional law, The Magic Mirror: Law in American History, Second Edition, recounts the roles that law-in all its many shapes and forms-has played in American history, from the days of the earliest English settlements in North America to the year 2007. It also provides comprehensive treatment of twentieth-century developments and sets American law and legal institutions in the broad context of social, cultural, economic, and political events. Featuring extensive updates by new author Peter Karsten, The Magic Mirror is ideal for courses in American Legal History.

New to the Second Edition Additional coverage of resistance to law throughout U.S. history and the customary law of self-governing bodies and indigenous peoples, Expanded topical reach to include the ways that statutes and high court decisions played out at the grass-roots level, including the several times that such statutes and decisions were ignored or defied by the public, The top research on American legal history published from the 90s to mid-2007.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195081794
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

The late Kermit L Hall was President of SUNY Albany.

Peter Karsten is Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition     ix
Preface to the First Edition     xi
Introduction     1
Social and Institutional Foundations of Early American Law     7
Law, Society, and Economy in Colonial America     28
The Law in Revolution and Revolution in the Law     51
Law, Politics, and the Rise of the American Legal System     70
The Active State and the Mixed Economy: 1789-1861     92
Common Law, Jurists, and American Values: Continuity and Change, 1780-1880     113
Race and the Nineteenth-Century Law of Personal Status     142
The Nineteenth-Century Law of Domestic Relations     168
The Dangerous Classes and the Nineteenth-Century Criminal Justice System     187
Law, Industrialization, and the Beginnings of the Regulatory State: 1860-1920     208
The Professionalization of the Legal Culture: Bench and Bar, 1860-1920     231
The Judicial Response to Industrialization: 1860-1920     247
Cultural Pluralism, Total War, and the Formation of Modern Legal Culture: 1917-1945     268
The Great Depression and the Emergence of Liberal Legal Culture     290
Law and Society in the Cold War Years, 1946-1990     310
The Imperial Judiciary and Contemporary Social and Cultural Change     341
Epilogue: More Like a River than a Rock     379
Notes     384
Glossary     415
Bibliographical Essay     419
Table of Cases     437
Index     445

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