Judgment for Solomon The d'Hauteville Case and Legal Experience in Antebellum America

ISBN-10: 0521557453
ISBN-13: 9780521557450
Edition: 1996
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Description: A Judgment for Solomon tells the story of the dHauteville case, a controversial child custody battle fought in 1840. It uses the story of one couples bitter fight over their son to explore some timebound and timeless features of American legal  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/23/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

A Judgment for Solomon tells the story of the dHauteville case, a controversial child custody battle fought in 1840. It uses the story of one couples bitter fight over their son to explore some timebound and timeless features of American legal culture. In a narrative analysis, it recounts how marital woes led Ellen and Gonzalve dHauteville into what Alexis de Tocqueville called the shadow of the law. Their multiple legal experiences culminated in an eagerly followed Philadelphia trial that sparked a national debate over the legal rights and duties of mothers and fathers, and husbands and wives. The story of the dHauteville case explains why popular trials become precedents of legal experience - mediums for debates about highly contested social issues. It also demonstrates the ability of individual women and men to contribute to legal change by turning to the law to fight for what they want.

Entering the law's shadows
Bargaining in the shadow of the law
Out of the shadows
Into a court of law
Into the court of public opinion
Back into the shadows

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