American Law and the Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives

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Lawrence Meir Friedman, Harry N. Scheiber
Harvard University Press, 1978 - Constitutional history - 521 pages
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This is the standard reader in American law and constitutional development. The selections demonstrate that the legal order, once defined by society, helps in molding the various forces of the social life of that society. The essays cover the entire period of the American experience, from the colonies to postindustrial society. Additions to this enlarged edition include essays by Michael Parrish on the Depression and the New Deal; Abram Chayes on the role of the judge in public law litigation; David Vogel on social regulation; Harry N. Scheiber on doctrinal legacies and institutional innovations in the relation between law and the economy; and Lawrence M. Friedman on American legal history.

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Part One American Legal Culture
Notes Toward a History of American Justice
Part Two Studies in Colonial Law

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Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University.

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