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Patriots and Cosmopolitans Hidden Histories of American Law

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ISBN-10: 0674023609

ISBN-13: 9780674023604

Edition: 2007

Authors: John Fabian Witt

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Ranging widely from the founding era to Reconstruction, from the making of the modern state to its post-New Deal limits, John Fabian Witt illuminates the legal and constitutional foundations of American nationhood through the little-known stories of five patriots and critics. He shows how law and constitutionalism have powerfully shaped and been shaped by the experience of nationhood at key moments in American history. Founding Father James Wilson's star-crossed life is testament to the capacity of American nationhood to capture the imagination of those who have lived within its orbit. For South Carolina freedman Elias Hill, the nineteenth-century saga of black citizenship in the United…    
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

John Fabian Witt is Professor of Law and History, Columbia University.

Introduction: The Features of American Nationhood
The Pyramid and the Machine: Founding Visions in the Life of James Wilson
Elias Hill's Exodus: Exit and Voice in the Reconstruction Nation
Internationalist Beginnings: Crystal Eastman and the Puzzle of American Civil Liberties
The King and the Dean: Melvin Belli, Roscoe Pound, and the Common-Law Nation
Epilogue: Law and the National Frame