A History of American Law, Revised Edition

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - Law - 784 pages
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A History of American Law has become a classic for students of law, American history and sociology across the country. In this brilliant and immensely readable book, Lawrence M. Friedman tells the whole fascinating story of American law from its beginnings in the colonies to the present day. By showing how close the life of the law is to the economic and political life of the country, he makes a complex subject understandable and engrossing. A History of American Law presents the achievements and failures of the American legal system in the context of America's commercial and working world, family practices and attitudes toward property, slavery, government, crime and justice.

Now Professor Friedman has completely revised and enlarged his landmark work, incorporating a great deal of new material. The book contains newly expanded notes, a bibliography and a bibliographical essay.
 

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Contents

Preface
11
Prologue
17
PART I
31
The Courts The
102
CHAPTER II
157
CHAPTER III
177
CHAPTER IV
202
A National Treasure The Law of Private Land Boom
255
The Transformation of Land Law The Public Land Property
435
Administrative Law and Regulation of Business
439
CHAPTER VI
467
CHAPTER VII
488
The Dependent Poor Family Law and the Status of Women
504
CHAPTER VIII
511
Freedoms and Restraints A Discordant Addendum
526
CHAPTER IX
532

Admiralty and General Commerce Sale
280
CHAPTER VIII
303
The Bar Organization of the Bar Legal Education The Literature
311
PART III
322
CHAPTER I
337
CHAPTER II
371
CHAPTER III
391
CHAPTER IV
412
CHAPTER X
572
The Many Faces of Criminal Law The Statute Law of Crimes
594
CHAPTER XI
606
The Rise of the Law School The Literature of the Law Legal
630
American Law in the 20th Century
655
Bibliographical Essay
697
Bibliography
706
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Lawrence M. Friedman was born in 1930, educated at the University of Chicago where he earned his law degree, and admitted to the Illinois bar in 1951. He received a graduate degree from the University of Chicago Law School in English legal history. After serving in the United States Army, he practiced with a law firm in Chicago and subsequently entered the teaching profession. He has taught at St. Louis University, the University of Wisconsin, and, since 1968, at Stanford University, where he is now Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law. He is the author of Contract Law in America: A Social and Economic Case Study (1965); Government and Slum Housing: A Century of Frustration (1968); Law and the Behavioral Sciences (coeditor; 1969, 2nd edition, 1977); The Legal System: A Social Science Perspective (1975); Law and Society: An Introduction (1977); American Law and the Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives (coeditor, 1978); Law and Social Change in Mediterranean Europe and Latin America (coeditor, 1979); The Roots of Justice: Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910 (coauthor, 1981); American Law (1984); Your Time Will Come (1985); and Total Justice (1985). He has contributed more than eighty articles to legal and associated journals. Professor Friedman is the past president of the Law and Society Association, and a past Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of a number of awards for writing and teaching. He is married and has two daughters.

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