The Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880: Technology, Politics, and the Construction of Citizenship

The Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880: Technology, Politics, and the Construction of Citizenship

by Howard Schweber

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The Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880: Technology, Politics, and the Construction of Citizenship by Howard Schweber

America developed its own system of the "common law" (the name for legal principles developed by judges) in the mid-nineteenth century, abandoning the legal system inherited from England. This comparative study of the development of American law contrasts the experiences of North and South by a study of Illinois and Virginia, supported by observations from six states. It has an original comparative focus highlighting the connections between legal development, American political thought, and American political and economic development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521158183
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/14/2011
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: 1. Introduction; Part II: 1. North and South; 2. Illinois. 'We were determined to have a rail-road'; 3. 'The memory of man runneth not to the contrary': cases involving damage to property; 4. 'Intelligent beings': cases involving injuries to persons; 5. The North: Ohio, Vermont, and New York; 6. Virginia in the 1850s: the last days of planter rule; 7. The Common Law of Antebellum Virginia: old wine in new bottles; 8. Virginia's version of American Common Law: old wine in new bottles; 9. The South: Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky; 10. Legal change and social order.

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