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Law in America : a short history

Author: Lawrence M Friedman
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, ©2002.
Series: Modern Library chronicles, 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Modern Library edView all editions and formats
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From the subject's greatest historian, the story of law in America serves as a powerful instrument for exposing the struggles for power and justice that have shaped this country, from its birth pangs to the present. Throughout American history, laws have been more than dry words in dusty books; they've been a reflection of who we are, what we value, who has power. In The Law in America, Lawrence Friedman makes the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence M Friedman
ISBN: 0375506357 9780375506352 0812972856 9780812972856
OCLC Number: 49799439
Description: x, 207 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
In the beginning : American law in the colonial period --
Economy and law in the nineteenth century --
Family, race, and the law --
Crime and punishment in the republic --
The twentieth century and the modern administrative-welfare state --
American law at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Series Title: Modern Library chronicles, 10.
Responsibility: Lawrence M. Friedman.
Local System Bib Number:
1610475867688_387003

Abstract:

From the subject's greatest historian, the story of law in America serves as a powerful instrument for exposing the struggles for power and justice that have shaped this country, from its birth pangs to the present. Throughout American history, laws have been more than dry words in dusty books; they've been a reflection of who we are, what we value, who has power. In The Law in America, Lawrence Friedman makes the law's significance sing. In his hands, the story of law in America serves as a powerful instrument for exposing the struggles for power and justice that have shaped this country, from its birth pangs to the present. Throughout America's history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society's genetic code. In the masterful hands of the subject's greatest living historian, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over power and justice that have shaped this country from its birth pangs to the present. Law in America is a supreme example of the historian's art, its brevity a testament to the great elegance and wit of its composition.
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