Cover

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Frontispiece, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Charles Tait is one of those fascinating figures of the Old Southwest. Like Harry Toulmin, his most distinguished predecessor in dispensing frontier justice, Tait came to Alabama as a Jeffersonian Democrat of long-standing and excellent connections. The world such men came to know was that of plantation society in embryo. ...

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Charles Tait: A Biographical Sketch

Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., David I. Durham

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pp. 1-44

During perhaps the most dynamic period in America's history, Charles Tait witnessed the early development of the United States from its revolutionary infancy to a nation that—by 1820—was able to establish its economic, political, diplomatic, and military independence from Europe. ...

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Exhibition, Exhortation, Example: Judge Tait's Antebellum Grand Jury Charges and Legal Problems on the Frontier

Sally E. Hadden

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pp. 45-78

The Tait grand jury charges of 1822, 1824, and 1825 are the earliest known in the state's history, and offer exceptional examples of law and legal culture as it was developing on the Alabama frontier. As grand jury charges, they fit within an existing genre of public speaking and legal publication that stretched back several hundred years, ....

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1822 Grand Jury Charge

Sarah Elizabeth Kelly

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pp. 79-84

Among the various civilized nations who inhabit this earth, there is none which has such just ground of attachment to its own government-none which has greater cause of content, of exultation, and of an honest national pride, than the people of the United States. Whilst many nations are groaning under the iron hand of despotism; afflicted with governments. ...

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1824 Grand Jury Charge

Samantha Chandler

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pp. 85-92

In every age and every country, where free governments have been established; the laws of which, have protected the citizen in the exercise of his talents, and in the acquisitions of his industry, it has been found, that the moral condition of man has improved, and the circle of his social happiness extended. ...

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1825 Grand Jury Charge

Paul M. Pruitt, Jr.

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pp. 93-98

Among the various nations who inhabit the Earth,1 there is none wh has such just ground of attachment its own government; none which has greater cause of content, of exultation and of an honest national pride than the people of these U. States. Whilst many communities are groaning under the iron hand of despotism, afflicted with Governments ...

Appendix 1: Facsimile of 1825 Grand Jury Charge

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pp. 99-108

Appendix 2: Charles Tait's Lawbooks

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pp. 109-114

Index

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pp. 115-120