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Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880 Technology, Politics, and the Construction of Citizenship

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ISBN-10: 0521824621

ISBN-13: 9780521824620

Edition: 2004

Authors: Howard H. Schweber

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America developed its own system of the "common law" (the name for legal principles developed by judges) in the mid-nineteenth century, abandoning the legal system inherited from England. This comparative study of the development of American law contrasts the experiences of North and South by a study of Illinois and Virginia, supported by observations from six states. It has an original comparative focus highlighting the connections between legal development, American political thought, and American political and economic development.
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/12/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 306
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Howard Schweber is associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of The Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880 and Speech, Conduct, and the First Amendment, as well as book chapters and articles in journals such as Law and History Review, Law and Society Review, and Studies in American Political Development.

North and South
Illinois. "We were determined to have a rail-road"
"The memory of man runneth not to the contrary": cases involving damage to property
"Intelligent beings": cases involving injuries to persons
The North: Ohio, Vermont, and New York
Virginia in the 1850s: the last days of planter rule
The Common Law of Antebellum Virginia: old wine in new bottles
Virginia"s version of American Common Law: old wine in new bottles
The South: Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky
Legal change and social order