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The Spirit of American Law : an Anthology

Author: George S Grossman
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
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"Intended for the general public, the readings in this collection explore the roots of American law from pre-history to ancient Greece and Rome and the common law of England. America's legal development is traced from the drafting of the Constitution to the Rehnquist Court. Themes along the way include the Golden Age of the early nineteenth century, when American law took on its distinctive character, the impact of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Grossman, George S.
Spirit of American Law : An Anthology.
Boulder : Routledge, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George S Grossman
ISBN: 9780429495823 042949582X
OCLC Number: 1034579885
Description: 1 online resource (578 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Preface; PART I THE ROOTS OF AMERICAN LAW; 1 The Origins of Law; Cherokee Law in the Eighteenth Century; 2 Ancient Law; Greece and Rome; 3 Medieval Europe; The Common Law of England; 4 The Rights of Englishmen; Sir Edward Coke; 5 The English Legal System; Sir William Blackstone; PART II THE GROWTH OF AMERICAN LAW; 6 From Thirteen Colonies to United States; The United States Constitution; 7 Federalists versus Republicans; Chief Justice John Marshall; 8 The Golden Age. Transformation of State Laws9 The Jacksonian Era; Decline of the Legal Profession; 10 Slavery; The Fugitive Slave Law; 11 The Civil War; President Abraham Lincoln; 12 Reconstruction and Formalism; Justice Stephen J. Field; 13 The Life of the Law; Justice Oliver Holmes, Jr; 14 The Progressive Movement; Judge Learned Hand and President Theodore Roosevelt; 15 Federal Regulation; Justice Louis D. Brandeis; 16 War and Civil Liberties; The Case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti; 17 The 1920s and the New Deal; The Constitutional Revolution of 1937; 18 War and Civil Liberties II. The Internment of Japanese Americans19 The Aftermath of War; War Crimes; 20 The Cold War; Un-American Activities; 21 The Civil Rights Revolution; The Second Brown Decision; 22 The Warren Court; The Right to Counsel; 23 The Vietnam War; The Trial of the "Chicago Eight"; 24 From Protests to Scandals; U.S. v. Nixon; 25 The Expansion of Civil Rights; The Equal Rights Amendment; 26 Consumerism and Environmentalism; Toxic Waste; 27 The Late Twentieth Century; The Rehnquist Court; PART III AMERICAN LAW IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY; 28 The Legal Profession; Transformations; 29 Access to Law. Alternative Dispute Resolution30 Science and Technology; Grinding Gears; 31 The World Community; Globalization; 32 The Last Frontier; The Law of Outer Space; 33 Legal Philosophy; Postmodernism; Bibliography; Index of Cases; Index.
Responsibility: edited by George S. Grossman ; with a foreword by Rennard Strickland.

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"Intended for the general public, the readings in this collection explore the roots of American law from pre-history to ancient Greece and Rome and the common law of England. America's legal development is traced from the drafting of the Constitution to the Rehnquist Court. Themes along the way include the Golden Age of the early nineteenth century, when American law took on its distinctive character, the impact of slavery and the Civil War, and the struggles of the Progressives to regulate the nation's industrialized economy between the post-Civil War era and the New Deal. A reading on the Nuremberg Trials introduces the theme of international human rights, while post-war readings trace the nation's legal confrontations over civil liberties, civil rights, the rights of women, the protection of the environment, and legal protections for those accused of crimes. Dramatic highlights include the Sacco-Vanzetti case, the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War, the trial of the Chicago Eight during the Vietnam War, and the Watergate scandal. Leading personalities include Sirs Edward Coke and William Blackstone in England, Chief Justices John Marshall and Earl Warren, Justices Stephen J. Field, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis, and Felix Frankfurter, and Judge Learned Hand. Readings on the future of American law explore the impact of alternative dispute resolution, science and technology, globalization, and space exploration, as well as trends in the legal profession and in legal philosophy."--Provided by publisher.

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