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Signposts
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In Signposts, Sally E. Hadden and Patricia Hagler Minter have assembled seventeen essays, by both established and rising scholars, that showcase new directions in southern legal history across a wide range of topics, time periods, and locales. The essays will inspire today's scholars to dig even more deeply into the southern legal heritage, in much the same way that David Bodenhamer and James Ely's seminal 1984 work, Ambivalent Legacy, inspired an earlier generation to take up the study of southern legal history.

Contributors to Signposts explore a wide range of subjects related to southern constitutional and legal thought, including real and personal property, civil rights, higher education, gender, secession, reapportionment, prohibition, lynching, legal institutions such as the grand jury, and conflicts between bench and bar. A number of the essayists are concerned with transatlantic connections to southern law and with marginalized groups such as women and native peoples. Taken together, the essays in Signposts show us that understanding how law changes over time is essential to understanding the history of the South.

Contributors: Alfred L. Brophy, Lisa Lindquist Dorr, Laura F. Edwards, James W. Ely Jr., Tim Alan Garrison, Sally E. Hadden, Roman J. Hoyos, Thomas N. Ingersoll, Jessica K. Lowe, Patricia Hagler Minter, Cynthia Nicoletti, Susan Richbourg Parker, Christopher W. Schmidt, Jennifer M. Spear, Christopher R. Waldrep, Peter Wallenstein, Charles L. Zelden.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. PART I: COLONIAL AND EARLY NATIONAL LEGAL REGIMES
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. In My Mother’s House: Dowry Property and Female Inheritance Patterns in Spanish Florida
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. The Law and Order Campaign in New Orleans, 1763–1765: A Comparative View
  2. pp. 45-64
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  1. “Using the Faculties Conceded to Her by Law”: Slavery, Law, and Agency in Spanish New Orleans, 1763–1803
  2. pp. 65-88
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  1. South Carolina’s Grand Jury Presentments: The Eighteenth-Century Experience
  2. pp. 89-110
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  1. Guarding Republican Liberty: St. George Tucker and Judging in Federal Virginia
  2. pp. 111-134
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  1. PART II: LAW AND SOCIETY IN THE LONG NINETEENTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. The Shades of Loyalty: Elisha W. Chester and the Cherokee Removal
  2. pp. 137-170
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  1. The Material Conditions of Dependency: The Hidden History of Free Women’s Control of Property in the Early Nineteenth-Century South
  2. pp. 171-192
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  1. Democracy, and Lynching, in America
  2. pp. 193-218
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  1. The World Made by Laws and the Laws Made by the World of the Old South
  2. pp. 219-240
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  1. Peaceful Revolution and Popular Sovereignty: Reassessing the Constitutionality of Southern Secession
  2. pp. 241-264
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  1. Strategic Litigation and the Death of Reconstruction
  2. pp. 265-288
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  1. Homestead Exemption and Southern Legal Culture
  2. pp. 289-314
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  1. PART III: CONSTITUTIONALISM, CIVIL RIGHTS, AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
  2. pp. 315-316
  1. A Place for Themselves in the Modern World: Southern Women and Alcohol in the Age of Prohibition, 1912–1933
  2. pp. 317-344
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  1. Race, Property, and Negotiated Space in the American South: A Reconsideration of Buchanan v. Warley
  2. pp. 345-368
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  1. Race, Law, and Southern Public Higher Education, 1860s–1960s
  2. pp. 369-392
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  1. The Southern Roots of the Reapportionment Revolution
  2. pp. 393-416
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  1. Defending the Right to Discriminate: The Libertarian Challenge to the Civil Rights Movement
  2. pp. 417-446
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 447-452
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 453-473
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