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The magic mirror : law in American history

Author: Kermit L Hall
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chronicling American law from its English origins to the present, and offering for the first time comprehensive treatment of twentieth-century developments, this book sets American law and legal institutions in the broad context of social, economic, and political events, weaving together themes from the history of both constitutional and private law. The Magic Mirror treats law in society, and the legal implications  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kermit L Hall
ISBN: 0195044592 9780195044591 0195044606 9780195044607
OCLC Number: 17983789
Description: ix, 404 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Social and Institutional Foundations of Early American Law --
Law, Society, and Economy in Colonial America --
The Law in Revolution and Revolution in the Law --
Law, Politics, and the Rise of the American Legal System --
The Active State and the Mixed Economy: 1789-1861 --
Common Law, the Economy, and the Onward Spirit of the Age: 1789-1861 --
Race and the Nineteenth-Century Law of Personal Status --
The Nineteenth-Century Law of Domestic Relations --
The Dangerous Classes and the Nineteenth-Century Criminal Justice System --
Law, Industrialization, and the Beginnings of the Regulatory State: 1860-1920 --
The Professionalization of the Legal Culture: Bench and Bar, 1860-1920 --
The Judicial Response to Industrialization: 1860-1920 --
Cultural Pluralism, Total War, and the Formation of Modem Legal Culture: 1917-1945 --
The Great Depression and the Emergence of Liberal Legal Culture --
Contemporary Law and Society --
The Imperial Judiciary and Contemporary Social Change --
Epilogue: More like a River than a Rock.
Other Titles: Law in American history
Responsibility: Kermit L. Hall.
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Chronicling American law from its English origins to the present, and offering for the first time comprehensive treatment of twentieth-century developments, this book sets American law and legal institutions in the broad context of social, economic, and political events, weaving together themes from the history of both constitutional and private law. The Magic Mirror treats law in society, and the legal implications of social change in areas such as criminal justice, the rights of women, blacks, the family, and children. It further examines regional differences in American legal culture, the creation of the administrative and security states, the development of American federalism, and the rise of the legal profession. Hall pays close attention to the evolution of substantive law categories--such as contracts, torts, negotiable instruments, real property, trusts and estates, and civil procedure--and addresses the intellectual evolution of American law, surveying movements such as legal realism and critical legal studies. Hall concludes that over its history American law has been remarkably fluid, adapting in form and substance to each successive generation without ever fully resolving the underlying social and economic conflicts that first provoke demands for legal change.

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