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Law's Imagined Republic: Popular Politics and Criminal Justice in Revolutionary America (Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society)

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Law 's Imagined Republic shows how the American Revolution was marked by the rapid proliferation of law talk across the colonies. This legal language was both elite and popular, spanned different forms of expression from words to rituals, and included simultaneously real and imagined law. Since it was employed to mobilize resistance against England, the proliferation of revolutionary legal language became intimately intertwined with politics. Drawing on a wealth of material from criminal cases, Steven Wilf reconstructs the intertextual ways Americans from the 1760s through the 1790s read law: reading one case against another and often self-consciously comparing transatlantic legal systems as they thought about how they might construct their own legal system in a new republic. What transformed extraordinary tales of crime into a political forum? How did different ways of reading or speaking about law shape our legal origins? And, ultimately, how might excavating innovative approaches to law in this formative period, which were constructed in the street as well as in the courtroom, alter our usual understanding of contemporary American legal institutions? Law 's Imagined Republic tells the story of the untidy beginnings of American law.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521196901
Author:
Wilf, Steven
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Wilf, Steven Robert
Author:
Steven, Wilf
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
Law - Language - History - 18th century
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Law : General
Series:
Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.80 in. 1.05 lbs.

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History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era

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