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Editor's Preface Preface Introduction 1: The Origins of Property Rights: The Colonial Period 2: The Revolutionary Era, 1765-1787 3: "Property Must Be Secured": Establishing a New Constitutional Order 4: The Development of Property Rights in the Antebellum Era, 1791-1861 5: The Gilded Age and the Challenge of Industrialization 6: Progressive Reform and Judicial Conservatism, 1900-1932 7: The New Deal and the Demise of Laissez-Faire Constitutionalism 8: Property Rights and the Regulatory State 9: Epilogue Notes Bibliographical Essay Index of Cases Index

About the Author

James W. Ely, Jr. is Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law and Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Ambivalent Legacy: A Legal History of the South (1984), An Uncertain Tradition: Constitutionalism and the History of the South (1989), The Bill of Rights in Modern America: After 200 Years (1993), The Chief Justiceship of Melville W. Fuller, 1888-1910 (1995), and Railroads and American Law (2001).

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Acclaim for previous editions "An informative and balanced account of the history of property rights protections under the Constitution."--The American Journal of Legal History Acclaim for previous editions "This slender volume should serve well on reading lists both in introductory American history courses and in upper-division legal history or constitutional law courses."--The American Historical Review Acclaim for previous editions "Greatly clarifies the pivotal place of private property in the American system. Through a sophisticated historical analysis, Ely illuminates two recurring issues of great importance: the constitutional limits on government regulation of property and the complex relationship between property ownership and individual liberty."--Norman Dorsen, New York University School of Law Acclaim for previous editions "A wonderfully compact odyssey through the history of constitutional protection for property rights in this country. Tracing the winding evolution of Supreme Court decisions that affected the uses and enjoyment of property, as well as the government's attempts to regulate the same, Ely constructs a comprehensive, yet surprisingly readable examination of the issues."--The Journal of Southern History Acclaim for previous editions "An informative and balanced account of the history of property rights protections under the Constitution."--The American Journal of Legal History Acclaim for previous editions "This slender volume should serve well on reading lists both in introductory American history courses and in upper-division legal history or constitutional law courses."--The American Historical Review Acclaim for previous editions "Greatly clarifies the pivotal place of private property in the American system. Through a sophisticated historical analysis, Ely illuminates two recurring issues of great importance: the constitutional limits on government regulation of property and the complex relationship between property ownership and individual liberty."--Norman Dorsen, New York University School of Law Acclaim for previous editions "A wonderfully compact odyssey through the history of constitutional protection for property rights in this country. Tracing the winding evolution of Supreme Court decisions that affected the uses and enjoyment of property, as well as the government's attempts to regulate the same, Ely constructs a comprehensive, yet surprisingly readable examination of the issues."--The Journal of Southern History

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