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Published: 07 June 2018

224 Pages


ISBN: 9780190850487

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The Common Law in Colonial America

Volume IV: Law and the Constitution on the Eve of Independence, 1735-1776

William E. Nelson

  • Engages prior scholarship, notably that of Bernard Bailyn and John Phillip Reid, which argued that ideas and constitutional values were the principal causal factors leading to the American Revolution
  • Argues that legal ideas and arguments typically were brought to the fore in the interests, often the economic interests, of clients
  • Points back to older scholarship that emphasized the importance of economic interests in bringing about the Revolution