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Law and People in Colonial America [Hardcover]

Professor Peter Charles Hoffer


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February 10, 1998 0801858224 978-0801858222 Revised

This revised edition of Law and People in Colonial America will incorporate recent scholarship and encompass American Indians, the French, and Spaniards as people who--on the fringes of English settlement--raised interesting questions. Among them: how in legal terms did the English deal with "marginal"societies; how does this posture help us to understand English law and the changes the New World forced upon it; and how did these people on the outside themselves view English law?


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Hoffer attempts to add to our understanding of American legal history by examining how the American colonists transformed an existing body of British law into a truly unique American product. His themes are twofold: the reformist impulse coming to fruition in the revolutionary period of 1763-76; and the blurring of distinctions between public authority and justice that have remained controversial even to this date. So little readable American legal history is available. One exception is Lawrence Friedman's History of American Law (S. & S., 1986. 2d rev. ed.). Now we have Hoffer's small work. Although focusing on colonial America, the book is highly recommended to the reader seeking an understanding of the development of American law. See Morton Horwitz, below, for a broader perspective.
- Jerry E. Stephens, U.S. Court of Appeals Lib., Oklahoma City
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Outlines the main features of English law and legal institutions, describes their transmission to New England and Virginia, and argues for the emergence of 'an American way of law, a style of keeping order and resovling disputes' that was more open and less formalistic than that of England... Legal and Social Historians will applaud the appearance of this synthesis, and, in a decade's time, will demand a revised edition." -- Journal of American History, reviewing a previous edition or volume


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; Revised edition (February 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801858224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801858222
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,594,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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