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The Cambridge History of Law in America, Volume II


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1. Law and the American state, from the Revolution to the Civil War: institutional growth and structural change Mark R. Wilson; 2. Legal education and legal thought, 1790-1920 Hugh C. MacGill and R. Kent Newmyer; 3. The legal profession: from the Revolution to the Civil War Alfred S. Konefsky; 4. The courts, 1790-1920 Kermit L. Hall; 5. Criminal justice in the United States, 1790-1920: a government of laws or men? Elizabeth Dale; 6. Citizenship and immigration law, 1800-1924: resolutions of membership and territory Kunal M. Parker; 7. Federal policy, Western movement and consequences for indigenous people, 1790-1920 David E. Wilkins; 8. Marriage and domestic relations Norma Basch; 9. Slavery, antislavery, and the coming of the Civil War Ariela Gross; 10. The civil war and reconstruction Laura F. Edwards; 11. Law, personhood and citizenship in the long nineteenth century: the borders of belonging Barbara Young Welke; 12. Law in popular culture, 1790-1920: the people and the law Nan Goodman; 13. Law and religion, 1790-1920 Sarah Barringer Gordon; 14. Legal innovation and market capitalism, 1790-1920 Tony A. Freyer; 15. Innovations in law and technology, 1790-1920 B. Zorina Khan; 16. The laws of industrial organization, 1870-1920 Karen Orren; 17. The military in American legal history Jonathan Lurie; 18. The United States and international affairs, 1789-1919 Eileen P. Scully; 19. Politics, state building, and the courts, 1870-1920 William E. Forbath.

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Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Law in America focuses on the long nineteenth century (1789-1920).

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Michael Grossberg is the Sally M. Reahard Professor of History and a Professor of Law at Indiana University. His research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, particularly the intersection of law and family.


'This volume not only provides an excellent showcase of some of the best current writing on American legal history, but also gives a good view of the dominant approach to the subject on the other side of the Atlantic.' Edinburgh Law Review
'Cambridge History of Law in America deserves nothing but praise. It is the single best starting point for knowledge of America's legal past. It exemplifies the field's intellectual vitality and showcases some of its brightest stars. Graduate students will find the chapter-by-chapter bibliographic essays alone worth the purchase price. Volume 2 captures the sate of the field today and suggests many possible future paths. The Journal of Law and History Review

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