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Published: 16 May 2008

480 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195081800

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The Magic Mirror

Law in American History

Second Edition

Kermit L. Hall
Peter Karsten

Weaving together themes from the history of public, private, and constitutional law, The Magic Mirror: Law in American History, Second Edition, recounts the roles that law--in all its many shapes and forms--has played in American history, from the days of the earliest English settlements in North America to the year 2007. It also provides comprehensive treatment of twentieth-century developments and sets American law and legal institutions in the broad context of social, cultural, economic, and political events. Featuring extensive updates by new author Peter Karsten, the second edition offers more coverage of resistance to law throughout U.S. history, the customary law of self-governing bodies, and indigenous peoples. It also expands its topical reach to include the ways that statutes and high court decisions played out at the grass-roots level.