Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 December 2010

752 Pages

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195395426

Bookseller Code (04)

American Legal History

Cases and Materials

Fourth Edition

Kermit L. Hall, Paul Finkelman, and James W. Ely, Jr.

This highly acclaimed text provides a comprehensive selection of the most important documents in American legal history, integrating the history of public and private law from America's colonial origins to the present. Devoting special attention to the interaction of social and legal change, American Legal History: Cases and Materials, Fourth Edition, shows how legal ideas developed in tandem with specific historical events and reveals a rich legal culture unique to America. The book also deals with state and federal courts and looks at the relationship between the development of American society, politics, and economy and how it relates to the evolution of American law. Introductions and instructive headnotes accompany each document, tying legal developments to broader historical themes and providing a social and political context essential to an understanding of the history of law in America.

New to this Edition:

  • New cases on hot-button issues including guns, education, terrorism, and same sex marriage and unions
  • Updated material on the War on Terror and the Supreme Court response to military trials
  • New material on the emerging laws surrounding transgendered people
  • Additional material on eminent domain and the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Kelo v. City of New London

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