The magic mirror: law in American history

The magic mirror: law in American history

The magic mirror: law in American history

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Kermit L Hall
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): New York (State)
  • Publication Information: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
  • Publication Type (Medium): History
  • Material: Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
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Short Description

IX, 404 pages ; 25 cm

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, The magic mirror: law in American history is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Kermit L. Hall.
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Country/State: New York (State)
  • Number of Editions: 17 editions
  • First edition Date: 1989
  • Last edition Date: 2009
  • Languages: US English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF352
  • Dewey Code: 349.73
  • ISBN: 0195044592 9780195044591 0195044606 9780195044607
  • OCLC: 17983789

Publisher Description:

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.

Main 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.

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