Prestatehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide, Including New York City and the District of Columbia

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Michael Chiorazzi, Marguerite Most
Routledge, 2006 - History - 1564 pages
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Explore the controversial legal history of the formation of the United States

Prestatehood Legal Materialsis your one-stop guide to the history and development of law in the U.S. and the change from territory to statehood. Unprecedented in its coverage of territorial government, this book identifies a wide range of available resources from each state to reveal the underlying legal principles that helped form the United States. In this unique publication, a state expert compiles each chapter using his or her own style, culminating in a diverse sourcebook that is interesting as well as informative.

In Prestatehood Legal Materials, you will find bibliographies, references, and discussion on a varied list of source materials, including:
  • state codes drafted by Congress
  • county, state, and national archives
  • journals and digests
  • state and federal reports, citations, surveys, and studies
  • books, manuscripts, papers, speeches, and theses
  • town and city records and documents
  • Web sites to help your search for more information
  • and more
Prestatehood Legal Materialsprovides you with brief overviews of state histories from colonization to acceptance into the United States. In this book, you will see how foreign countries controlled the laws of these territories and how these states eventually broke away to govern themselves. The text also covers the legal issues with Native Americans, inter-state and the Mexico and Canadian borders, and the development of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government.

This guide focuses on materials that are readily available to historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and researchers. Resources that assist in locating not-so-easily accessible materials are also covered. Special sections focus on the legal resources of colonial New York City and Washington, DC—which is still technically in its prestatehood stage. Due to the enormity of this project, the editor of Prestatehood Legal Materialscreated a Web page where updates, corrections, additions and more will be posted.

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