American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction

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Law has played a central role in American history. From colonial times to the present, law has reflected the changing society in which legal decisions have been made and has played a powerful role in shaping that society, though not always in positive ways. American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction sheds light on the impact of law on several key social issues: Native American affairs, slavery, business, home life, and criminal and civil offences. The expansion of laws regarding property rights is also considered, as well as the evolution of criminal punishment, the rise of tort law after the Civil War; and the progress in legal education.

Author: G. Edward White
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0199766002
ISBN-13: 978-0199766000
Paperback: 160 pages