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Recent Books in American Constitutional and Legal History

(Published in 2009 and 2010)

Abrams, Paula.  Cross Purposes:  Pierce v. Society of Sisters and the Struggle over Compulsory Public Education.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.

Arnold, Peri E. Remaking the Presidency: Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson, 1901-1916. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Balough, Brian.  A Government Out of Sight:  The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America.  New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Bank, Steven A.  From Sword to Shield:  The Transformation of the Corporate Income Tax, 1861 to Present.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2010.

Barnhart, Bill and Gene Schlikcman.  John Paul Stevens:  An Independent Life.  Dekalb:  Northern Illinois University Press, 2010. 

Beeman, Richard.  Plain, Honest, Men:  The Making of the American Constitution.  New York:  Random House, 2009.

Bernstein, R.B. The Founding Fathers Reconsidered. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Berry, Mary Frances. And Justice for All: the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America. New York: Knopf, 2009.

Bilder, Mary, Maeva Marcus, R. Kent Newmyer, eds.  Blackstone in America:  Selected Essays of Kathryn Preyer.  New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Billias, George Anthony. American Constitutionalism Heard round the World, 1765-1989: A Global Perspective. New York: New York University Press, 2009.

Blair, William A. and Karen Fisher Younger, eds.  Lincoln's Proclamation:  Emancipation Reconsidered.  Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Botham, Faye. Almighty God Created the Races:  Christianity, Interracial Marriage, and American Law.  Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2009. 

Bradburn, Douglas. The Citizenship Revolution: Politics and the Creation of the American Union, 1774-1804. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Brooks, Karl Boyd. Before Earth Day: The Origins of American Environmental Law, 1945-1970. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Burns, James McGregor.  Packing the Court:  The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court.  New York:  Penguin Press, 2009.

Calvert, Jane E. Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Carnahan, Burrus M.  Lincoln on Trial:  Southern Civilians and the Law of War.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 2010. 

Chen, Anthony S. The Fifth Freedom: Jobs, Politics, and Civil Rights in the United States, 1941-1972. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

Colucci, Frank J. Justice Kennedy's Jurisprudence: The Full and Necessary Meaning of Liberty. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Cox, Thomas H.  Gibbons v. Ogden:  Law and Society in the Early Republic.  Athens:  Ohio University Press, 2009.

Cooper, Phillip J. The War Against Regulation: From Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Eisgruber, Christopher L. and Lawrence G. Sager. Religious Freedom and the Constitution.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 2010. 

Fisk, Catherine L. Working Knowledge:  Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930. Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Flannery, James L. The Glass House Boys of Pittsburgh: Law, Technology, and Child Labor. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009.

Ford, Lacy K. Deliver Us from Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Friedman, Barry. The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Friedman, Joel William. Champion of Civil Rights: John Minor Wisdom. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009.

Garrison, Tim Alan.  The Legal Ideology of Removal:  The Southern Judiciary and the Sovereignty of Native American Nations.  Athens:  University of Georgia Press, 2009.

Gordon, Sara Barringer.  The Spirit of the Law:  Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 2010. 

Graham, D. Curt.  To Bring Law Home:  The Federal Judiciary in Early National Rhode Island.  DeKalb:  Northern Illinois University Press, 2009.

Greenberg, Ethan.  Dred Scott and the Dangers of a Political Court.  Lanham:  Lexington Books, 2010. 

Gross, Ariela. What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 2010. 

Hahn, Steven. The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Hsueh, Vicki. Hybrid Constitutions:  Challenging Legacies of Law, Privilege, and Culture in Colonial America.  Durham:  Duke University Press, 2010.

Janis, Mark Weston.  America and the Law of Nations, 1776-1939.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2010.  

Jones, Patrick D. The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Kasper, Eric T.  To Secure the Liberty of the People: James Madison's Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court's Interpretation.  Dekalb:  Northern Illinois University Press, 2010. 

Kautz, Steven, et al, eds.  The Supreme Court and the Idea of Constitutionalism.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.

Kleinerman, Benjamin A. The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Lacroix, Alison L.  The Ideological Origins of American Federalism.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 2010. 

Lane, Frederick S.  American Privacy: The 400-Year History of America's Most Contested Right.Boston:  Beacon Press, 2009

Langbein, John H., Renée Lettow Lerner, and Bruce P. Smith. History of the Common Law: The Development of Legal Institutions. New York: Aspen, 2009.

Lewis, Anthony.  Freedom for the Thought That We Hate:  A Biography of the First Amendment. Boulder:  Basic Books, 2010.

Littlefield, Douglas R.  Conflict on the Rio Grande:  Water and the Law, 1879-1939. Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 2010.

McNair, Glenn. Criminal Injustice: Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia's Criminal Justice System.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Maltz, Earl M. Slavery and the Supreme Court, 1825-1861. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Mannino, Edward F. Shaping America: The Supreme Court and American Society. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.

Miller, James A.  Remembering Scottsboro:  The Legacy of an Infamous Trial.  Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2009.

Mokhtari, Shadi. After Abu Graib: Exploring Human Rights in America and the Middle East. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Neff, Stephen.  Justice in Blue and Gray:  A Legal History of the Civil War.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 2010.

Newman, Roger K., ed. The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Nussbaum, Martha.  Liberty of Conscience:  In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality. Boulder:  Basic Books, 2010.

Oshinsky, David M.  Capital Punishment on Trial:  Furman v. Georgia and the Death Penalty in Modern America.  Lawrence:  University Press of Kansas, 2010. 

Pommersheim, Frank.  Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2009.

Powe, Lucas A., Jr. The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Price, Polly J. Judge Richard S. Arnold: A Legacy of Justice on the Federal Bench. Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2009.

Rambo, Kirsten.  "Trivial Complaints":  The Role of Privacy in Domestic Violence Law and Activism in the U.S.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 2009. 

Raustiala, Kal.  Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution of Territoriality in American Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Read, James H. Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Reynolds, Susan.  Before Eminent Domain:  Toward a History of Expropriation of Land for the Common Good.  Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 

Richards, David A.J. The Sodomy Cases: Bowers v. Hardwick and Lawrence v. Texas.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Riser, R. Volney.  Defying Disfranchisement:  Black Voting Rights Activism in the Jim Crow South, 1890-1908.  Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, 2010.

Robinson, Greg.  A Tragedy of Democracy:  Japanese Confinement in North America.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 2009.

Root, Erik S.  Sons of the Fathers:  The Virginia Slavery Debates of 1831-1832.  Lanham:  Lexington Books, 2010.

Roth, Randolph.  American Homicide.  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 2009. Samito, Christian G. Changes in Law and Society during the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Legal History Documentary Reader. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.

Schmidt, James D. Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Schwartz, Philip J. .  Athens:  University of Georgia Press, 2010.

Schweik, Susan M. The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public. New York: NYU Press, 2009.

Shalhope, Robert E. The Baltimore Bank Riot: Political Upheaval in Antebellum Maryland. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Shiell, Timothy C.  Campus Hate Speech on Trial.  Lawrence:  University Press of Kansas, 2009.

Slauter, Eric. The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Sloan, Cliff and David McKean.  The Great Decision:  Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court.  Boulder:  Public Affairs Press, 2010. 

Solomon, Burt.  FDR v. the Constitution: The Court-Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy. New York: Walker & Co., 2009.

Sowards, Adam M. The Environmental Justice: William O. Douglas and American Conservation.  Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2009.

Strum, Philippa.  Mendez v. Westminster:  School Desegregation and Mexican-American Rights.  Lawrence:  University Press of Kansas, 2010. 

Sullivan, Patricia. Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: New Press, 2009.

Temkin, Moshik. The Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Urofsky, Melvin I. Louis D. Brandeis: A Life. New York: Pantheon, 2009.

Valencia, Richard R.  Chicano Students and the Courts:  The Mexican American Legal Struggle for Educational Equality.  New York:  New York University Press, 2010.

Wagner, Bryan. Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Waldstreicher. Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009.

Walker, Anders. The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of Education to Stall Civil Rights. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Welke, Barbara Young. Law and the Borders of Belonging in the Long Nineteenth-Century United States. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Wertheimer, John.  Law and Society in the South:  North Carolina Court Cases and the Social History Behind Them.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 2009.

Whitaker, Robert.  On the Laps of Gods:  The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation.  New York:  Three Rivers Press, 2010

Wilf, Steven Robert. Law's Imagined Republic: Popular Politics and Criminal Justice in Revolutionary America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Wilson, R. Michael. Legal Executions in the Western Territories, 1847-1911... Jefferson: Mcfarland, 2010.

Witte, John, Jr. The Sins of the Fathers: The Law and Theology of Illegitimacy Reconsidered. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Woods, Thomas E. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman.  Who Killed the Constitution?  The Federal Government v. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama.  New York:  Three Rivers Press, 2009.

Yoo, John.  Crisis and Command:  The History of Executive Power From George Washington to George W. Bush.  New York:  Kaplan Publishing, 2010.

(Published in 2007 and 2008)

Ackerman, Kenneth D. Young J. Edgar Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2007.

Allison, William Thomas. Military Justice in Vietnam: The Rule of Law in an American War. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Armitage, David. The Declaration of Independence: A Global History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Ball, Howard. Bush, the Detainees, and the Constitution: The Battle over Presidential Power in the War on Terror. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Bobbitt, Philip. Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

Church, Forrest. So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle over Church and State. Boston: Harcourt, 2008.

De Been, Wouter, Legal Realism Regained: Saving Realism from Critical Acclaim. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.

Dudziak, Mary L. Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Ellis, Mark R. Law and Order in Buffalo Bill's Country: Legal Culture and Community on the Great Plains, 1867-1910. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Epstein, Lee, and Jeffrey A. Segal. Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Ferguson, Robert A. The Trial in American Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Finan, Christopher M. From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America. Boston: Beacon Press, 2007.

Fisher, Louis. Constitutional Conflicts between Congress and the President. 5th ed. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Forbes, Robert Pierce. The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Freyer, Tony A. Little Rock on Trial: Cooper v. Aaron and School Desegregation. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Friedman, Lawrence M. Guarding Life's Dark Secrets: Legal and Social Controls over Reputation, Propriety, and Privacy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Fritz, Christian G. American Sovereigns: The People and America's Constitutional Tradition before the Civil War. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Gibson, Alan. Understanding the Founding: The Crucial Questions. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Greenburg, Jan Crawford. Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the Supreme Court. New York: Penguin, 2007.

Hamilton, Daniel W. The Limits of Sovereignty: Property Confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Hoffer, Peter Charles, Williamjames Hull Hoffer, and N.E.H. Hull. The Supreme Court: An Essential History. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Hoffer, Williamjames Hull. To Enlarge the Machinery of Government: Congressional Debates and the Growth of the American State, 1858-1891. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Holton, Woody. Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution. New York: Hill & Wang, 2007.

Jackson, Thomas F. From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Struggle for Economic Justice. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

Jacoway, Elizabeth. Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked the Nation. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Klarman, Michael J. Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Kreitner, Roy. Calculating Promises: The Emergence of Modern American Contract Doctrine. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Kyvig, David E. The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture since 1960. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008.

Landsberg, Brian L. Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Lienesch, Michael.  In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

McCool, Daniel, Susan M. Olson, and Jennifer L. Robinson. Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and the Right to Vote. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

McMillen, Christian W. Making Indian Law: The Hualapai Land Case and the Birth of Ethnohistory. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Magliocca, Gerard N. Andrew Jackson and the Constitution: The Rise and Fall of Generational Regimes.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Maltz, Earl M. Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Merida, Kevin, and Michael A. Fletcher, Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas. Garden City: Doubleday, 2007.

Meyerson, Michael I. Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World. New York: Basic Books, 2008.

Mitchell, Dalia Tsuk. Architect of Justice: Felix S. Cohen and the Founding of American Legal Pluralism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.

Muller, Eric L. American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Nichols, David A. A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginnings of the Civil Rights Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

Norgren, Jill. Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Perry, Barbara A. The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

Pfaelzer, Jean. Driven Out: The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans. New York: Random House, 2007.

Rosen, Deborah A. American Indians and State Law: Sovereignty, Race, and Citizenship, 1790-1880. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Rosen, Jeffrey. The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. New York: Times Books, 2007.

Ross, William G. The Chief Justiceship of Charles Evans Hughes.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007.

Scheiber, Harry N., ed. Earl Warren and the Warren Court: The Legacy in American and Foreign Law. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007.

Shepard, Kris. Rationing Justice: Poverty Lawyers and Poor People in the Deep South.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007.

Sollenberger, Mitchel A. The President Shall Nominate: How Congress Trumps Executive Power. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008.

Stewart, Davod O. The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.

Sullivan, Kathleen S. Constitutional Context: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Waldman, Steven. Founding Faiths: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America. New York: Random House, 2008.

Wendt, Simon. The Spirit and the Shotgun: Armed Resistance and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.

Witt, John Fabian. Patriots and Cosmopolitans: Hidden Histories of American Law. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Zelden, Charles. Bush v. Gore: Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008.

Zelden, Charles, ed. The Judicial Branch of the Federal Government: People, Process, and Politics. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2007.



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