The Magic Mirror: Law in American History / Edition 2

The Magic Mirror: Law in American History / Edition 2

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0195081803
ISBN-13:
9780195081800
Pub. Date:
05/16/2008
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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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.

The Magic Mirror begins by discussing the ways that the settlers dealt with one another and with the indigenous populations; it examines municipal ordinances; colonial, state, and federal statutes; administrative agencies; and court decisions. It goes on to relate the ways that property, crime, sale and labor contracts, commercial transactions, accidents, domestic relations, wills, trusts, and corporations were handled by police, attorneys, legislatures, and jurists over the centuries. The text also pays close attention to the evolution of substantive law categories-including contracts, torts, negotiable instruments, real property, trusts and estates, and civil procedure-and addresses the intellectual evolution of American law, including sociological jurisprudence, legal realism, critical legal studies, Law & Society, Law & Anthropology, and Law & Economics schools of analysis and thought.

Featuring extensive updates by new author Peter Karsten, The Magic Mirror is ideal for courses in American Legal History.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195081800
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/16/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 535,787
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Social and Institutional Foundations of Early American Law
Law, Society, and Economy in Colonial America
The Law in Revolution and Revolution in the Law
Law, Politics, and the Rise of the American Legal System
The Active State and the Mixed Economy: 1789-1880
Common Law, Jurists, and American Values: Continuity and Change, 1780-1880
Race and the Nineteenth-Century Law of Domestic Relations
The Nineteenth-Century Law of Personal Status
The Dangerous Classes and the Nineteenth-Century Criminal Justice System
Law, Industrialization, and the Beginnings of the Regulatory State: 1860-1920
The Professionalization of the Legal Culture: Bench and Bar, 1860-1920
The Judicial Response to Industrialization: 1860-1920
Cultural Pluralism, Total War, and the Formation of Modern Legal Culture: 1917-1945
The Great Depression and the Emergence of Liberal Legal Culture
Contemporary Law and Society
The Imperial Judiciary and Contemporary Social and Cultural Change
Epilogue: More like a River than a Rock
Notes
Glossary
Bibliographical Essay
Table of Cases
Index

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