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Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic - Christopher L. Tomlins

Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic

Paperback Published: 30th August 1993
ISBN: 9780521438575
Number Of Pages: 428

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Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic is a fundamental reinterpretation of law and politics in America between 1790 and 1850, the crucial period of the Republic's early growth and its movement toward industrialism. The book is the most detailed study yet available of the intellectual and institutional processes that created the foundation categories framing all the basic legal relationships involving working people at work. But it also brings out the political and social significance of those categories, and of law's role in their creation. Tomlins argues that it is impossible to understand outcomes in the interaction between law and labor during the early Republic unless one also understands the preeminence that legal discourse was assuming at the time in American society as a whole, and the particular social and political reasons for that preeminence. Because of the breadth and novelty of its interpretation this is a book not just for those interested in the history of law or the history of labor, but for anyone interested in the broad stream of American political and social history.

"Characterized by the same impeccable research and analytical rigor as the State and the Unions, Tomlin's latest work will rank as one of the authoritative treatments of labor law doctrine in 19th-century American jurisprudence...Law, Labor, and Ideology is an accomplished work of scholarship. It takes up diverse themes and bodies of research and integrates them into a coherent, elegant whole." Raymond L. Hogler, Labor History "...a truly major contribution to our understanding of law, labor, and ideology in antebellum America." Peter Karsten, Reviews in American History "Christopher L. Tomlin's Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic is a groundbreaking and often dazzling work by a leading practitioner of 'critical legal studies.'...This penetrating book is required reading for students of the antebellum United States. It enriches our store of information, advances legal theory, and moves the law from an afterthought to an active force that shaped the course of the first industrial revolution." Bruce Laurie, Journal of American History "Tomlin's scholarly exposition...transcends the labor question and illuminates the political, social, and economic history of the early republic." Ronald L. Filippelli, American Historical Review "For a more focused and systematic discussion of the relationship between anticapitalist sentiment and antebellum conflict over 'the constituent institutions and values that comprise a working system,' one could not do better than Tomlin's extraordinary book, Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic...Tomlin's conceptualizations, and these elaborations, along with his graceful prose, leave little doubt as to what he means to say..." Howard Gillman, Legal Studies Forum "...a powerful and important corrective to the traditional liberal story...It is an enormously rich and nuanced study, a gold mine of information and insight, a dazzlng achievement from which anyone interested in the history of law and labor will come away with a comprehensive education." Robert J. Steinfeld, William and Mary Quarterly

Preface and acknowledgments
Prologue: two moments of the republicp. 1
Law and the Facts of American Life
Law: the modality of rulep. 19
Police: the pursuit of happinessp. 35
An excess of democracyp. 60
Law, Labor, and State
Introduction: dictates of wise policyp. 101
Combination and conspiracyp. 107
The American conspiracy casesp. 128
Commonwealth against Huntp. 180
Law, Authority, and the Employment Relationship
Introduction: the nomenclature of powerp. 223
The law of master and servantp. 232
Master and servant in republican Americap. 259
An interlude: on law and economyp. 294
The New Industrial Order
Introduction: a sign of the timesp. 301
Mechanismp. 306
The law of industrial accidentsp. 331
Epilogue: "free Ameriky"p. 385
Indexp. 391
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521438575
ISBN-10: 0521438578
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 30th August 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.39  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.58