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Law and people in colonial America

Law and people in colonial America

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Peter Charles Hoffer
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): Maryland
  • Publication Information: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1992
  • Publication Type (Medium): History
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/law-and-people-in-colonial-america/ (Stable identifier)

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Online version: Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944- Law and people in colonial America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1992 (OCoLC)556221676 Online version: Hoffer, Peter Charles, 1944- Law and people in colonial America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1992 (OCoLC)609216903

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XV, 156 pages ; 24 cm

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  • Responsable Person: by Peter Charles Hoffer.
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Copyright Date: 1992
  • Location: Baltimore
  • Country/State: Maryland
  • Number of Editions: 18 editions
  • First edition Date: 1992
  • Last edition Date: 1998
  • Languages: US English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF361
  • Dewey Code: 349.73
  • ISBN: 0801843065 9780801843068 0801843073 9780801843075
  • OCLC: 24142639

Publisher Description:

How did American colonists transform British law into their own? What were the colonies' first legal institutions, and who served in them? Did the special issue of gender play a significant role? Why did the early Americans develop a passion for litigation that continues to this day? In Law and People in Colonial America Peter Charles Hoffer tells the story of early American law from its beginnings in the British mainland to its maturation in the crisis of the American Revolution.
For the men and women of colonial America, Hoffer explains, law was a pervasive influence in everyday life. Because it was their law, the colonists continually adapted it to fit changing circumstances. They also developed a sense of legalism that influenced VIrtually all social, economic, and political relationships. This sense of intimacy with the law, Hoffer argues, assumed a transforming power in times of crisis. In the midst of a war for independence, American revolutionaries labored to explain how their rebellion could be lawful, while legislators wrote republican constitutions that would endure for centuries.
Today the role of law in American life is more pervasive than ever. And because our system of law involves a continuing dialogue between past and present interpreting the meaning of precedent and of past legislation the study of legal history is a VItal part of every citizen's basic education. Law and People in Colonial America provides an essential, rigorous, and lively introduction to the beginnings of American law.
Peter Charles Hoffer is professor of history at the University of Georgia. His previous books include The Law's Conscience, Impeachment in America, Revolution and Regeneration, and Murdering Mothers: Infanticide in England and New England, 1558-1803.

Main Contents

Ch. 1. “That the Said Statutes, Lawes, and Ordinances May Be as Neere as Conveniently May, Agreeable to the Forme of the Lawes and Pollicy of England”
Ch. 2. “And to the End that All Laws Prepared by the Governour and Provincial Council Aforesaid, May Yet Have the More Full Concurrence of the Free-Men of the Province”
Ch. 3. “These Dirty and Ridiculous Litigations Have Been Multiplied in this Town, Till the Very Earth Groans and the Stones Cry Out”
Ch. 4. “Just so th' Unletter'd Blockheads of the Robe; (Than Whom no Greater Monsters on the Globe); Their Wire-Drawn, Incoherent, Jargon Spin, Or Lug a Point by Head and Shoulders In”
Ch. 5. “On What Principles, Then, on What Motives of Action, Can We Depend for the Security of our Liberties, of our Properties. . . of Life Itself?”

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