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Publisher Comments:

Law in America is a little gem. It is a peerless introduction to our legal history—concise, clear, tellingly told, and beautifully written. The greatest living historian of American law has done it again.”

—Stanley N. Katz,

former president of the American Society for Legal History and the Organization of American Historians

“All societies have laws, but neither all laws nor all legal systems are alike. No one has thought more deeply or written more clearly about the peculiar role of law in American life than Lawrence Friedman. In this trenchant, illuminating book, he distills a lifetime of scholarship and teaching into a concise and provocative explanation of the role that law has played in shaping the distinctive contours of American history and culture.”

—David M. Kennedy,

professor of history at Stanford University and author of Freedom from Fear

Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. In the masterful hands of the subject’s greatest living historian, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over power and justice that have shaped this country from its birth pangs to the present. Law in America is a supreme example of the historian’s art, its brevity a testament to the great elegance and wit of its composition.

Synopsis:

Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. In the masterful hands of the subject’s greatest living historian, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over power and justice that have shaped this country from its birth pangs to the present. Law in America is a supreme example of the historian’s art, its brevity a testament to the great elegance and wit of its composition.

Synopsis:

Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University. He is the author of more than twenty-three books, including American Law in the Twentieth Century, A History of American Law, and Crime and Punishment i

About the Author

Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University. He is the author of more than twenty-three books, including American Law in the Twentieth Century, A History of American Law, and Crime and Punishment in American History. Professor Friedman is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards.

Table of Contents

Introduction — In the beginning : American law in the colonial period — Economy and law in the nineteenth century — Family, race, and the law — Crime and punishment in the republic — The twentieth century and the modern administrative-welfare state — American law at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588362506
Subtitle:
A Short History
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Friedman, Lawrence Meir
Author:
Friedman, Lawrence M.
Author:
Lawrence Meir Friedman
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Legal System
Subject:
History
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Law-Legal History
Subject:
History-United States - General
Subject:
Political Science-Legal System
Subject:
Law : Legal History
Subject:
Political Science : Legal System
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
Law : General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Law
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Modern Library
Publication Date:
20020730
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
207

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Enforcement and Investigation
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » General

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Product details 207 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588362506 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. In the masterful hands of the subject’s greatest living historian, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over power and justice that have shaped this country from its birth pangs to the present. Law in America is a supreme example of the historian’s art, its brevity a testament to the great elegance and wit of its composition.
"Synopsis" by , Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University. He is the author of more than twenty-three books, including American Law in the Twentieth Century, A History of American Law, and Crime and Punishment i
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