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

  • Publish Date: 2004-01-12
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Howard Schweber
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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.