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Published: 09 June 2016

240 Pages


ISBN: 9780190465056

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The Common Law in Colonial America

Volume III: The Chesapeake and New England, 1660-1750

Author William E. Nelson

  • Shows how the legal systems of Britain's thirteen North American colonies, which were initially established in response to divergent political, economic, and religious initiatives, slowly converged until it became possible by the 1770s to imagine that all thirteen participated in a common American legal order
  • Reveals how Virginia and Massachusetts had both adopted the common law by the mid-eighteenth century and begun to converge toward a common American legal model
  • Demonstrates that the law in the other New England colonies gravitated toward the Massachusetts model, while Maryland's law gravitated toward that of Virginia

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