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The Many Legalities of Early America
(2001)
  • Christopher Tomlins, Berkeley Law
  • Bruce H. Mann
Abstract
This collection of seventeen original essays reshapes the field of early American legal history not by focusing simply on law, or even on the relationship between law and society, but by using the concept of "legality" to explore the myriad ways in which the people of early America ordered their relationships with one another, whether as individuals, groups, classes, communities, or states. Addressing issues of gender, ethnicity, family, patriarchy, culture, and dependence, contributors explore the transatlantic context of early American law, the negotiation between European and indigenous legal cultures, the multiple social contexts of the rule of law, and the transformation of many legalities into an increasingly uniform legal culture. Taken together, these essays reveal the extraordinary diversity and complexity of the roots of early America's legal culture. Contributors are Mary Sarah Bilder, Holly Brewer, James F. Brooks, Richard Lyman Bushman, Christine Daniels, Cornelia Hughes Dayton, David Barry Gaspar, Katherine Hermes, John G. Kolp, David Thomas Konig, James Muldoon, William M. Offutt Jr., Ann Marie Plane, A. G. Roeber, Terri L. Snyder, and Linda L. Sturtz.
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Publication Date
May, 2001
Editor
Christopher Tomlins and Bruce H. Mann
Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN
978-0807849644
Citation Information
Christopher Tomlins and Bruce H. Mann. The Many Legalities of Early America. (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_tomlins/32/