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The Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880 : Technology, Politics, and the Construction of Citizenship - Howard Schweber

The Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880

Technology, Politics, and the Construction of Citizenship

Paperback Published: 14th April 2011
ISBN: 9780521158183
Number Of Pages: 306

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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.

"This book combines two of the most interesting developments in the study of law and politics in recent years to great effect...far beyond its masterful illumination of how railroads influenced legal development in nineteenth century America, [this book] will spark serious debate about the common law, citizenship, and political and legal development. The Law and Politics Book Review

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
North and Southp. 13
Illinois: ôWe Were Determined to Have a Rail-Roadöp. 44
ôThe Memory of Man Runneth Not to the Contraryö: Cases Involving Damage to Propertyp. 63
ôIntelligent Beingsö: Cases Involving Injuries to Personsp. 90
The North: Ohio, Vermont, and New Yorkp. 118
Virginia through the 1850s: The Last Days of Planter Rulep. 147
The Common Law of Antebellum Virginia: The Preservation of Statusp. 168
Virginia's Version of American Common Law: Old Wine in New Bottlesp. 194
The South: Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentuckyp. 226
Legal Change and Social Orderp. 259
Index of Casesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780521158183
ISBN-10: 0521158184
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 14th April 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45