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Essays in the History of Early American Law
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This collection of outstanding essays in the history of early American law is designed to meet the demand for a basic introduction to the literature of colonial and early United States law. Eighteen essays from historical and legal journals by outstanding authorities explore the major themes in American legal history from colonial beginnings to the early nineteenth century.

Originally published in 1969.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. PART ONE: GENERAL INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. I. AN INTRODUCTION TO EARLY AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY
  2. David H. Flaherty
  3. pp. 3-38
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  1. PART TWO: THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 39-40
  1. II. LAW AND COLONIAL SOCIETY
  2. George L. Haskins
  3. pp. 41-52
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  1. III. COLONIAL COURTS AND THE COMMON LAW
  2. Zechariah Chafee, Jr.
  3. pp. 53-82
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  1. IV. KING'S LAW AND LOCAL CUSTOM IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY NEW ENGLAND
  2. Julius Goebel, Jr.
  3. pp. 83-120
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  1. V. THE LEGAL HERITAGE OF PLYMOUTH COLONY
  2. George L. Haskins
  3. pp. 121-134
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  1. VI. MASSACHUSETTS AND THE COMMON LAW: THE DECLARATION OF 1646
  2. Richard B. Morris
  3. pp. 135-146
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  1. VII. THE LAWS AND LIBERTIES OF 1648
  2. Thorp L. Wolford
  3. pp. 147-185
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  1. VIII. THE SPREAD OF MASSACHUSETTS LAW IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
  2. George L. Haskins and Samuel E. Ewing
  3. pp. 186-191
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  1. IX. THE SUFFOLK COUNTY COURT, 1671-1680
  2. George E. Woodbine
  3. pp. 192-203
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  1. X. THE BEGINNINGS OF PARTIBLE INHERITANCE IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES
  2. George L. Haskins
  3. pp. 204-244
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  1. XI THE COURTS AND THE LAW IN COLONIAL NEW YORK
  2. Julius Goebel, Jr.
  3. pp. 245-278
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  1. PART THREE: THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 279-280
  1. XII. ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF THE COURTS OF THE AMERICAN PLANTATIONS
  2. Joseph H. Smith
  3. pp. 281-335
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  1. XIII. THE INFLUENCE OF COLONIAL CONDITIONS AS ILLUSTRATED IN THE CONNECTICUT INTESTACY LAW
  2. Charles McLean Andrews
  3. pp. 336-366
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  1. XIV. "LAW ENFORCEMENT IN COLONIAL NEW YORK:" AN INTRODUCTION
  2. Julius Goebel, Jr.
  3. pp. 367-391
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  1. XV. THE RISE OF THE NEW YORK BAR: THE LEGAL CAREER OF WILLIAM LIVINGSTON
  2. Milton M. Klein
  3. pp. 392-417
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  1. XVI. LEGALISM VERSUS REVOLUTIONARY DOCTRINE IN NEW ENGLAND
  2. Richard B. Morris
  3. pp. 418-432
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  1. XVII. THE PROCESS OF OUTLAWRY IN NEW YORK: A STUDY OF THE SELECTIVE RECEPTION OF ENGLISH LAW
  2. Mark DeWolfe Howe
  3. pp. 433-450
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  1. XVIII. THOMAS JEFFERSON AND BLACKSTONE'S COMMENTARIES
  2. Julius S. Waterman
  3. pp. 451-488
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  1. XIX. DELAWARE CASES, 1792-1800
  2. Zechariah Chafee, Jr.
  3. pp. 489-513
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 514-522
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 523-534
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