The Cambridge History of Law in America, Volum 1
Volume I of the Cambridge History of Law in America begins the account of law in America with the very first moments of European colonization and settlement of the North American landmass. It follows those processes across two hundred years to the eventual creation and stabilization of the American republic. The book discusses the place of law in regard to colonization and empire, indigenous peoples, government and jurisdiction, population migrations, economic and commercial activity, religion, the creation of social institutions, and revolutionary politics. The Cambridge History of Law in America has been made possible by the generous support of the American Bar Foundation.
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1 Law Colonization Legitimation and the European Background
2 The Law of Native Americans to 1815
3 English Settlement and Local Governance
4 Legal Communications and Imperial Governance
5 Regionalism in Early American Law
6 Penality and the Colonial Project
7 Law Population Labor
8 THE FRAGMENTED LAWS OF SLAVERY IN THE COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY ERAS
11 The Transformation of Law and Economy in Early America
12 Law and Commerce 15801815
13 Law and the Origins of the American Revolution
14 Confederation and Constitution
15 The Consolidation of the Early Federal System 17911812
16 Magistrates Common Law Lawyers Legislators
Notes on Contributors in order of appearance
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African Anglican Anti-Federalists assembly attorneys authority beneﬁt Britain British Cambridge Carolina charter Chesapeake church civil claims codes colonists colony’s common law conﬂict Congress Connecticut Constitution corporate corporation colonies courts creditors criminal law Crown culture debt debtors deﬁned Early America economic eighteenth century empire enforcement England English law enslaved established European federal Federalists ﬁnancial ﬁnd ﬁrst governor imperial important indentured indentured servants Indians inﬂuence institutions Jefferson judges juries jurisdiction justice labor land lawmaking lawyers legal history legal system legislation legislature liberty Madison Maryland Massachusetts masters merchants metropolitan migration Native Americans North America ofﬁce ofﬁcials Parliament Pennsylvania plantation political population practices Privy Council proprietary punishment Puritan reﬂected regional regulation religious republican Revolution Rhode Island royal servants settlement settlers seventeenth century signiﬁcant slave codes slave law slavery social society South Carolina sovereignty Spanish Spanish empire speciﬁc statutes tion trade Virginia William women York
Side 676 - Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia (New York: WW Norton & Company, 1975); Orlando Patterson, Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982). 21. Joan W. Scott, "The Evidence of Experience," Critical Inquiry 17 (Summer 1991): 776.