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The many legalities of early America

The many legalities of early America

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  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Bruce H. Mann, Christopher L. Tomlins
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): North Carolina
  • Publication Information: Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, ©2001
  • Publication Type (Medium): Conference papers and proceedings, History, Congresses, Congrès
  • Material: Conference publication
  • Type: Book
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/the-many-legalities-of-early-america/ (Stable identifier)

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Online version: Many legalities of early America. Chapel Hill: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, ©2001 (OCoLC)606550508 Online version: Many legalities of early America. Chapel Hill: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, ©2001 (OCoLC)607702616

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IX, 466 pages ; 25 cm

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  • Publishers: The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and CultureUniversity of North Carolina Press
  • Responsable Person: edited by Christopher L. Tomlins and Bruce H. Mann.
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Copyright Date: 2001
  • Location: Chapel Hill
  • Country/State: North Carolina
  • Number of Editions: 9 editions
  • First edition Date: 2001
  • Last edition Date: 2001
  • General Notes: Papers presented at the November 1996 conference.
  • Languages: US English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF361
  • Dewey Code: 349.73
  • ISBN: 0807826324 9780807826324 0807849642 9780807849644
  • OCLC: 45172115

Publisher Description:

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.

Main Contents

Introduction, Many legalities of colonization : a manifesto of destiny for early American legal history / Christopher Tomlins
Discovery, grant, charter, conquest, or purchase : John Adams on the legal basis for English possession of North America / James Muldoon
Salamanders and Sons of God : the culture appeal in early New England / Mary Sarah Bilder
“Rigid and inclement” : origins of the Jamaica slave laws of the seventeenth century / David Barry Gaspar
Legal fictions and the rule(s) of law : the Jeffersonian critique of common-law adjudication / David Thomas Konig
“Justice will be done us” : Algonquian demands for reciprocity in the courts of European settlers / Katherine Hermes
“Lest we go in search of relief to our lands and our nation” : customary justice and colonial law in the New Mexico borderlands, 1680-1821 / James F. Brooks
Customary laws of marriage : legal pluralism, colonialism, and Narragansett Indian identity in eighteenth-century Rhode Island / Ann Marie Plane
“Liberty to complaine” : servant petitions in Maryland, 1652-1797 / Christine Daniels. “As though I my self was pr[e]sent” : Virginia women with power of attorney / Linda L. Sturtz
Women and the political culture of eighteenth-century Virginia : gender, property law, and voting rights / John G. Kolp and Terri L. Snyder
Age of reason? : children, testimony, and consent in early America / Holly Brewer
Was there a Calvinist type of patriarchy? : New Haven Colony reconsidered in the early modern context / Cornelia Hughes Dayton. Limits of authority : courts, ethnicity, and gender in the Middle Colonies, 1670-1710 / William M. Offutt, Jr.
Farmers in court : Orange County, North Carolina, 1750-1776 / Richard Lyman Bushman
Long road to Vidal : charity law and state formation in early America / A.G. Roeber
Afterword, Death and transfiguration of early American legal law / Bruce H. Mann.

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