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A History of American Law has become a classic for students of law, American history and sociology across the country. In this brilliant and immensely readable book, Lawrence M. Friedman tells the whole fascinating story of American law from its beginnings in the colonies to the present day. By showing how close the life of the law is to the economic and political life of the country, he makes a complex subject understandable and engrossing. A History of American Law presents the achievements and failures of the American legal system in the context of America's commercial and working world, family practices and attitudes toward property, slavery, government, crime and justice.

Now Professor Friedman has completely revised and enlarged his landmark work, incorporating a great deal of new material. The book contains newly expanded notes, a bibliography and a bibliographical essay.

Synopsis:

A History of American Law has become a classic for students of law, American history and sociology across the country. In this brilliant and immensely readable book, Lawrence M. Friedman tells the whole fascinating story of American law from its beginnings in the colonies to the present day. By showing how close the life of the law is to the economic and political life of the country, he makes a complex subject understandable and engrossing. A History of American Law presents the achievements and failures of the American legal system in the context of America's commercial and working world, family practices and attitudes toward property, slavery, government, crime and justice.

Now Professor Friedman has completely revised and enlarged his landmark work, incorporating a great deal of new material. The book contains newly expanded notes, a bibliography and a bibliographical essay.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface

Preface to the Second Edition

Prologue

PART I

The Beginnings: American Law in the Colonial Period

Introduction

The Skeleton of Colonial Law: The Courts

The Colonial Judicial System in the 18th Century

Civil Procedure

Land Law

Succession at Death

Criminal Law

Government, Law and the Economy

Commerce and Labor

Slavery

The Poor Laws

Statute and Common Law in the Colonial Period

The Legal Profession

The Literature of the Law

PART II

From the Revolution to the Middle of the 19th Century: 1776-1850

CHAPTER I

The Republic of Bees

Revolutionary Ardor

Constitutions: Federal and State

The Judges

The Organization of Courts

Civil Procedure

The Law of Evidence

CHAPTER II

Outposts of the Law: The Frontier and the Civil Law Fringe

The Frontier

The Civil Law Fringe

CHAPTER III

Law and the Economy: 1776-1850

Laissez-Faire and Its Limits

The Business Corporation

CHAPTER IV

The Law of Personal Status: Wives, Paupers, and Slaves

Marriage and Divorce

Family Property

Adoption

Poor Laws and Social Welfare

Slavery and the Blacks

CHAPTER V

An American Law of Property

The Land: A National Treasure

The Law of Private Land

Boom and Bust: The Law of Mortgages

Succession: Wills and Trusts

Intellectual Property: Patents and Copyrights

CHAPTER VI

The Law of Commerce and Trade

A Federal Question: Admiralty and General Commerce

Sale of Goods

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Contract

CHAPTER VII

Crime and Punishment: And a Footnote on Tort

Penal Law and Penal Reform

The Substantive Law of Crimes

The Crime of Punishment: The American Prison

A Footnote on Tort

CHAPTER VIII

The Bar and Its Works

The Bar

Organization of the Bar

Legal Education

The Literature of the Law

PART III

American Law to the Close of the 19th Century

CHAPTER I

Blood and Gold: Some Main Themes in the Law in the Last Half of the 19th Century

The New Era

Organic Law

State Constitutions

The West

CHAPTER II

Judges and Courts: 1850-1900

The Judges

Judicial Organization

CHAPTER III

Procedure and Practice: An Age of Reform

Mr. Field's Code

Court Procedure in Court

Codification and Reform

CHAPTER IV

The Land: And Other Property

The Transformation of Land Law

The Public Land

Property Law and the Dynasts

Landlord and Tenant

Mortgages

The Decline of Dower

A Tangle of Tides

Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

CHAPTER V

Administrative Law and Regulation of Business

The Coming of the Bureaucrats

Regulating the Infrastructure: Banks, Insurance, and Railroads

Occupational Licensing: And the Pull of Public Health

The Great Antitrust Act

CHAPTER VI

Torts

CHAPTER VII

The Underdogs: 1850-1900 488

The Dependent Poor

Family Law and the Status of Women

The Races

CHAPTER VIII

The Law of Corporations

Corporation Law: Freedoms and Restraints

A Discordant Addendum: The Municipal Corporation

CHAPTER IX

Commerce, Labor, and Taxation

Contract

Negotiable Instruments

The Law of Sales

The Usury Laws

Insurance

Bankruptcy

Admiralty

Labor and Law

Federal Taxation

State and Local Tax

Death Taxes

CHAPTER X

Crime and Punishment

The Many Faces of Criminal Law

The Statute Law of Crimes

Crime, Crime Rates, Insanity, The Guilty Mind

Punishment and Correction

CHAPTER XI

The Legal Profession: The Training and Literature of Law

The Rise of the Law School

The Literature of the Law

Legal Periodicals and Casebooks

CHAPTER XII

The Legal Profession: At Work

The Nimble Profession

Organization of the Bar

Admission to the Bar

EPILOGUE

American Law in the 20th Century 655

Center and Periphery: Federalism in the 20th Century

Modern American Legal Culture: Pluralism and Instrumentalism

The Struggle for Rights

Civil Rights and Beyond

Law Reform and Unification: The Ivory Tower

The Growth of the Law

Bench and Bar

Bibliographical Essay

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671528072
Author:
Friedman, Lawrence Meir
Publisher:
Touchstone
Author:
Friedman, Lawrence M.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Legal System
Subject:
General Law
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Touchstone Book
Publication Date:
19860121
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
8.40x5.53x1.95 in. 1.67 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A History of American Law has become a classic for students of law, American history and sociology across the country. In this brilliant and immensely readable book, Lawrence M. Friedman tells the whole fascinating story of American law from its beginnings in the colonies to the present day. By showing how close the life of the law is to the economic and political life of the country, he makes a complex subject understandable and engrossing. A History of American Law presents the achievements and failures of the American legal system in the context of America's commercial and working world, family practices and attitudes toward property, slavery, government, crime and justice.

Now Professor Friedman has completely revised and enlarged his landmark work, incorporating a great deal of new material. The book contains newly expanded notes, a bibliography and a bibliographical essay.

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