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xii, 456 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Phénomenologie du droit des rangs
  • Doctrine du droit des rangs
  • Conclusion.
Law Library (Crown)
xvii, 244 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: The pertinent details
  • Samuel Loudon and the building of the Empire State in print
  • William Gordon, print culture, and the politics of history
  • John Ward Fenno's bookshop politics
  • Literary fairs and national ambitions
  • Evert Duyckinck and the national book trade
  • Afterword: Print and memory in an age of change.
"[This book] traces the evolution of New York's publishing trade from the end of the American Revolution to the Age of Jackson. [The author] explores the gradual development of local, regional, and national distribution networks in the early republic."-- Provided by publisher.
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xx, 424 pages ; 25 cm
  • Granville Sharp (1735-1813)
  • The manuscripts
  • Black servants brought to England
  • The cases. Jonathan Strong ; The King (Lewis) v Stapylton (1771) ; Somerset v Stewart ; Gregson v. Gilbert (The Zong) ; Jonathan Strong ; King (Lewis) v Stapylton ; Somerset v Stuart ; Gregson v Gilbert ; Minor cases
  • Legislation
  • Letters
  • Blackstone's commentaries.
The purpose of Granville Sharpe's Cases on Slavery is twofold: first, to publish previously unpublished legal materials principally in three important cases in the 18th century on the issue of slavery in England, and specifically the status of black people who were slaves in the American colonies or the West Indies and who were taken to England by their masters. The unpublished materials are mostly verbatim transcripts made by shorthand writers commissioned by Granville Sharp, one of the first Englishmen to take up the cause of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery itself. Other related unpublished material is also made available for the first time, including an opinion of an attorney general and some minor cases from the library of York Minster. On the slave ship Zong, there are transcripts of the original declaration, the deposition by the chief mate, James Kelsall and an extract from a manuscript that Professor Martin Dockray was working on before his untimely death. The second purpose, outlined in the Introduction, is to give a social and legal background to the cases and an analysis of the position in England of black servants/slaves brought to England and the legal effects of the cases, taking into account the new information provided by the transcripts. There was a conflict in legal authorities as to whether black servants remained slaves, or became free on arrival in England. Lord Mansfield, the chief justice of the court of King's Bench, was a central figure in all the cases and clearly struggled to come to terms with slavery. The material provides a basis for tracing the evolution of his thought on the subject. On the one hand, the huge profits from slave production in the West Indies flooded into England, slave owners had penetrated the leading institutions in England and the pro-slavery lobby was influential. On the other hand, English law had over time established rights and liberties which in the 18th century were seen by many as national characteristics. That tradition was bolstered by the ideas of the Enlightenment. By about the 1760s it had become clear that there was no property in the person, and by the 1770s that such servants could not be sent abroad without their consent, but whether they owed an obligation of perpetual service remained unresolved.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781509911219 20170515
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xix, 391 pages : maps ; 24 cm
  • Introduction / Charles H. Parker and Gretchen Starr-LeBeau
  • Local contexts and regional variations
  • Tribunals and jurisdictions
  • Judges and shepherds
  • Inquisition and consistory records
  • Programs of moral and religious reform
  • Victims as actors
  • Negotiating penance
  • Gender on trial : attitudes towards femininity
  • Disciplinary institutions in the Atlantic world
  • Disciplinary institutions in an Asian environment
  • The endgame : the decline of institutional correction
  • Conclusion: Reformations of penance and scholarly renascences of disciplinary institutions / E. William Monter.
Judging Faith, Punishing Sin breaks new ground by offering the first comparative treatment of Catholic inquisitions and Calvinist consistories, offering scholars a new framework for analysing religious reform and social discipline in the great Christian age of reformation. Global in scope, both institutions played critical roles in prosecuting deviance, implementing religious uniformity, and promoting moral discipline in the social upheaval of the Reformation. Rooted in local archives and addressing specific themes, the essays survey the state of scholarship and chart directions for future inquiry and, taken as a whole, demonstrate the unique convergence of penitential practice, legal innovation, church authority, and state power, and how these forces transformed Christianity. Bringing together leading scholars across four continents, this volume is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of religion in the early modern world. University students and scholars alike will appreciate its clear introduction to scholarly debates and cutting edge scholarship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107140240 20170612
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x, 330 pages : illlustration, maps ; 23 cm
  • Introduction
  • The inquisitor
  • A convert's tale
  • Joseph and his brothers
  • In the land of the dead
  • Afterword.
A groundbreaking historical reexamination of one of the most infamous episodes in the history of anti-SemitismJoseph Suss Oppenheimer--"Jew Suss"--is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the "court Jew" of Carl Alexander, the duke of the small German state of Wurttemberg. When Carl Alexander died unexpectedly, the Wurttemberg authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial, and condemned him to death for unspecified "misdeeds." On February 4, 1738, Oppenheimer was hanged in front of a large crowd just outside Stuttgart. He is most often remembered today through several works of fiction, chief among them a vicious Nazi propaganda movie made in 1940 at the behest of Joseph Goebbels.The Many Deaths of Jew Suss is a compelling new account of Oppenheimer's notorious trial. Drawing on a wealth of rare archival evidence, Yair Mintzker investigates conflicting versions of Oppenheimer's life and death as told by four contemporaries: the leading inquisitor in the criminal investigation, the most important eyewitness to Oppenheimer's final days, a fellow court Jew who was permitted to visit Oppenheimer on the eve of his execution, and one of Oppenheimer's earliest biographers. What emerges is a lurid tale of greed, sex, violence, and disgrace--but are these narrators to be trusted? Meticulously reconstructing the social world in which they lived, and taking nothing they say at face value, Mintzker conjures an unforgettable picture of "Jew Suss" in his final days that is at once moving, disturbing, and profound.The Many Deaths of Jew Suss is a masterfully innovative work of history, and an illuminating parable about Jewish life in the fraught transition to modernity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691172323 20170703
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x, 420 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • Equality, natural rights, and the laws of nature
  • The case against the natural rights founding
  • Equality and natural rights misunderstood
  • The founder's arguments for equality, natural rights, and natural law
  • The state of nature
  • The social compact and consent of the governed
  • Natural rights and public policy
  • Why government should support morality
  • How government supports morality
  • Sex and marriage in political theory and policy
  • Cultivating public support for liberty and virtue
  • What virtues should government promote?
  • The founder's virtues : questions and clarifications
  • The founder's understanding of property rights
  • Private ownership
  • Free markets
  • Sound money
  • The Hamilton-Jefferson quarrel
  • Conclusion: Justice, nobility, and the politics of natural rights.
This book provides a complete overview of the American Founders' political theory, covering natural rights, natural law, state of nature, social compact, consent, and the policy implications of these ideas. The book is intended as a response to the current scholarly consensus, which holds that the Founders' political thought is best understood as an amalgam of liberalism, republicanism, and perhaps other traditions. West argues that, on the contrary, the foundational documents overwhelmingly point to natural rights as the lens through which all politics is understood. The book explores in depth how the Founders' supposedly republican policies on citizen character formation do not contradict but instead complement their liberal policies on property and economics. Additionally, the book shows how the Founders' embraced other traditions in their politics, such as common law and Protestantism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781316506035 20170829
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xiv, 559 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Tory-hunting
  • Britain's dilemma
  • Rubicon
  • Plundering protectors
  • Violated bodies
  • Slaughterhouses
  • Black holes
  • Skiver them!
  • Town-destroyer
  • Americanizing the war
  • Man for man
  • Returning losers.
"The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this ... account of America's founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war--one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand"-- Amazon.com.
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x, 387 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
  • The Declaration of Independence and the mystery of equality
  • Contending for religious equality
  • Equal justice for Irishmen and other foreigners
  • People of color and the promise betrayed
  • People of color and equal rights : New England cases
  • Subordinate citizens : women and children
  • Equal rights and unequal people
  • Equal rights, privilege, and the pursuit of inequality.
From a distinguished historian, a detailed and compelling examination of how the early Republic struggled with the idea that "all men are created equal" How did Americans in the generations following the Declaration of Independence translate its lofty ideals into practice? In this broadly synthetic work, distinguished historian Richard Brown shows that despite its founding statement that "all men are created equal, " the early Republic struggled with every form of social inequality. While people paid homage to the ideal of equal rights, this ideal came up against entrenched social and political practices and beliefs. Brown illustrates how the ideal was tested in struggles over race and ethnicity, religious freedom, gender and social class, voting rights and citizenship. He shows how high principles fared in criminal trials and divorce cases when minorities, women, and people from different social classes faced judgment. This book offers a much-needed exploration of the ways revolutionary political ideas penetrated popular thinking and everyday practice.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300197112 20170621
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xii, 329 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: Of subjects and sovereigns
  • The laws of subjecthood
  • The free-born subject's inheritance
  • Real and pretended subjects : mediating subjecthood in the Mediterranean
  • His Britannick Majesty's new subjects : the rights of subjects in Grenada and Quebec
  • The promises and perils of subjecthood and jurisdiction : Calcutta
  • Conclusion.
In the aftermath of the Seven Years' War, when a variety of conquered and ceded territories became part of an expanding British Empire, crucial struggles emerged about what it meant to be a "British subject." In Grenada, Quebec, Minorca, Gibraltar, and Bengal, individuals debated the meanings and rights of subjecthood, with many capitalizing on legal ambiguities and local exigencies to secure access to political and economic benefits. In the hands of inhabitants and colonial administrators, subjecthood became a shared language, practice, and opportunity as individuals proclaimed their allegiance to the crown and laid claim to a corresponding set of protections. Approaching subjecthood as a protean and porous concept, rather than an immutable legal status, Subjects and Sovereigns demonstrates that it was precisely subjecthood's fluidity and imprecision that rendered it so useful to a remarkably diverse group of individuals. In this book, Hannah Weiss Muller reexamines the traditional bond between subject and sovereign and argues that this relationship endured as a powerful site for claims-making throughout the eighteenth century. Muller analyzes both legal understandings of subjecthood, as well as the popular tradition of declaring rights, in order to demonstrate why subjects believed they were entitled to make requests of their sovereign. She reconsiders narratives of upheaval and transformation during the Age of Revolution and insists on the relevance and utility of existing structures of state and sovereign. Emphasizing the stories of subjects who successfully leveraged their loyalty and negotiated their status, she also explores how and why subjecthood remained an organizing and contested principle of the eighteenth-century British Empire. By placing the relationship between subjects and sovereign at the heart of this analysis, Muller offers a new perspective on a familiar period and suggests that imperial integration was as much about flexible and expansive conceptions of belonging as it was about the shared economic, political and intellectual networks.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190465810 20171009
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420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction: Seen and unseen
  • The widow Washington
  • Martha Dandridge
  • Married lady
  • Mistress of Mount Vernon
  • Revolutionary War
  • First Lady
  • Slaves in the President's house
  • Home again
  • Martha Wayles
  • Mistress of Monticello I
  • War in Virginia
  • Birth and death at Monticello
  • Patsy Jefferson and Sally Hemings
  • First Lady
  • Mistress of Monticello II
  • The Hemingses
  • Death of Thomas Jefferson
  • Dolley Payne
  • Mrs. Madison
  • First Lady
  • Mistress of Montpelier
  • Decline of Montpelier
  • The widow Madison
  • Sale of Montpelier
  • In Washington
  • Death of Dolley Madison
  • Epilogue: Inside and outside.
Behind every great man stands a great woman. And behind that great woman stands a slave. Or so it was in the households of the Founding Fathers from Virginia where slaves worked and suffered throughout the domestic environments of the era, from Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Montpelier to the nation's capital. American icons like Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, and Dolley Madison were all slaveholders. And as Marie Jenkins Schwartz uncovers in Ties That Bound, these women, as the day to day managers of their households, dealt with the realities of a slaveholding culture directly and continuously, even in the most intimate of spaces.Unlike other histories that treat the stories of the First Ladies' slaves as somehow separate from the lives of their mistresses, as if slavery should be relegated to its own sphere or chapter, Ties That Bound closely examines the relationships that developed between the First Ladies and their slaves. For elite women and their families, slaves were more than an agricultural workforce; instead, slavery was an entire domestic way of life that reflected and reinforced their status. In many cases slaves were more constant companions to the white women of the household than were the white men themselves, who often traveled or were at war. Thus, by looking closely at the complicated intimacy these women shared, Schwartz is able to reveal how they negotiated their roles, illuminating much about the lives of slaves themselves as well as class, race, and gender in early America.By detailing the prevalence and prominence of slaves in the daily lives of women who helped shape the country, Schwartz makes it clear that it is impossible to honestly tell the stories of these women while ignoring the slaves in the background. She asks us to consider anew the embedded power of slavery in the very earliest conception of American politics, society, and everyday domestic routines.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226147550 20170515
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  • The confederation's final years: a chronology
  • Introduction
  • The search for national identity
  • War's aftermath
  • America's postwar debts: public faith or anarchy?
  • Republic and empire: the struggle over confederation taxes
  • Protecting American commerce in an imperial world
  • Western expansion strains
  • "Astonishing" emigrations and western settlement conflicts
  • The Spanish-treaty impasse and the union's collapse
  • Internal divisions : state social conflicts
  • Economic relief, social peace, and republican justice
  • Shays's rebellion: the final battle of the American revolution?
  • Confederation collapse and its consequences
  • "The truth is, we have not a government" : confederation stalemate and the road to the Philadelphia convention
  • Conclusion: the birth of the American empire.
Law Library (Crown)
xvii, 232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction. The Hamilton effect
  • Aaron Burr and the abuse of executive power
  • Luther Martin : sober analysis from a drunk founder
  • Mercy Otis Warren : the woman who blocked an American King
  • Join or die : Canasatego, Ben Franklin, and the confederacy in the wilderness
  • The Bill of Rights : Elbridge Gerry's "dangerous" idea
  • Mum Bett : the slave who claimed her rights
  • James Otis and the trial that gave us the Fourth Amendment
  • George Mason : defender of individual and economic freedom
  • Conclusion. Writing our forgotten founders back into history.
Law Library (Crown)
155 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Prologue
  • Governing a Republic
  • Extreme revolution, vexing immigration
  • Partisan solutions
  • Self-inflicted wounds
  • Equal and opposite reaction
  • Epilogue.
In May 1798, after Congress released the XYZ Affair dispatches to the public, a raucous crowd took to the streets of Philadelphia. Some gathered to pledge their support for the government of President John Adams, others to express their disdain for his policies. Violence, both physical and political, threatened the safety of the city and the Union itself. To combat the chaos and protect the nation from both external and internal threats, the Federalists swiftly enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts. Oppressive pieces of legislation aimed at separating so-called genuine patriots from objects of suspicion, these acts sought to restrict political speech, whether spoken or written, soberly planned or drunkenly off-the-cuff. Little more than twenty years after Americans declared independence and less than ten since they ratified both a new constitution and a bill of rights, the acts gravely limited some of the very rights those bold documents had promised to protect.In The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, Terri Diane Halperin discusses the passage of these laws and the furor over them, as well as the difficulties of enforcement. She describes in vivid detail the heated debates and tempestuous altercations that erupted between partisan opponents: one man pulled a gun on a supporter of the act in a churchyard; congressmen were threatened with arrest for expressing their opinions; and printers were viciously beaten for distributing suspect material. She also introduces readers to the fraught political divisions of the late 1790s, explores the effect of immigration on the new republic, and reveals the dangers of partisan excess throughout history.Touching on the major sedition trials while expanding the discussion beyond the usual focus on freedom of speech and the press to include the treatment of immigrants, Halperin's book provides a window through which readers can explore the meaning of freedom of speech, immigration, citizenship, the public sphere, the Constitution, and the Union.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781421419695 20171002
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xi, 259 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • King-in-colonial assembly : the background to state sovereignty
  • Establishing and debating the nature of state sovereignty : Articles of Confederation and the politics of early 1780s
  • Trying to altering the settlement : the critical period and the Constitutional Convention
  • Ratification the constitution and continuation of the settlement
  • Preserving state sovereignty : the Judiciary Act and the Tenth Amendment
  • Breaking the promise : Hamiltonianism
  • The settlement defended : Republican counter-attack and the Eleventh Amendment
  • The settlement secured : Kentucky and Virginia resolutions and the defeat of the federal common law
  • Conclusion.
This book examines the ideological, political, and constitutional contexts of the Founding era from the drafting of the Articles of Confederation to the ratification of the Constitution and the Federalist-Jeffersonian political conflict. The author highlights the constitutional and theoretical importance of state sovereignty during the Revolutionary period.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498500623 20160808
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xii, 403 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: The prehistory of "separate but equal"
  • Becoming good citizens
  • A few bad men
  • Correcting ill habits
  • One nation only
  • We shall all be Americans
  • The practical amalgamator
  • The choice
  • Opening the road
  • In these deserts
  • Epilogue: An enterprise for the young.
Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include blacks and Indians in their cherished proposition that "all men are created equal"? The usual answer is racism, but the reality is more complex and unsettling. In Bind Us Apart, historian Nicholas Guyatt argues that, from the Revolution through the Civil War, most white liberals believed in the unity of all human beings. But their philosophy faltered when it came to the practical work of forging a color-blind society. Unable to convince others--and themselves--that racial mixing was viable, white reformers began instead to claim that people of color could only thrive in separate republics: in Native states in the American West or in the West African colony of Liberia. Herein lie the origins of "separate but equal." Decades before Reconstruction, America's liberal elite was unable to imagine how people of color could become citizens of the United States. Throughout the nineteenth century, Native Americans were pushed farther and farther westward, while four million slaves freed after the Civil War found themselves among a white population that had spent decades imagining that they would live somewhere else. Essential reading for anyone disturbed by America's ongoing failure to achieve true racial integration, Bind Us Apart shows conclusively that "separate but equal" represented far more than a southern backlash against emancipation--it was a founding principle of our nation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465018413 20170123
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viii, 255 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction: Scottish lawyers in the Scottish enlightenment
  • An enlightened advocate's library
  • Two scholars : Areskine, Aikenhead, and their books
  • Scottish legal scholars abroad
  • A flourishing market for books
  • Advocates' books in early eighteenth-century Scotland
  • "Miscellaneous books" : Charles Areskine's polite learning
  • The Scottish gentleman's library
  • The fates of books : the Alva collections
  • Conclusion.
In Charles Areskine's Library, Karen Baston uses a detailed study of an eighteenth-century Scottish advocate's private book collection to explore key themes in the Scottish Enlightenment including secularisation, modernisation, internationalisation, and the development of legal literature in Scotland. By exploring a surviving manuscript dated 1731that lists a Scottish lawyer's library, Karen Baston demonstrates that the books Charles Areskine owned, used in practice, and read for pleasure embedded him in the intellectual culture that expanded in early eighteenth-century Scotland. Areskine and his fellow advocates emerged as scholarly and sociable gentlemen who led their nation. Lawyers were integral to and integrated with the Scottish society that allowed the Scottish Enlightenment to take root and flourish within Areskine's lifetime.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004315372 20170117
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17. An essay on man [2016]

cxviii, 130 pages ; 23 cm
  • Acknowledgments vii Abbreviations and Frequently Cited Works ix Introduction xv Note on the Text cxvii An Essay on Man 1 Pope's Knowledge of Authors Cited 99 Bibliography 107 Index 123.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691159812 20160718
Voltaire called it "the most sublime didactic poem ever written in any language." Rousseau rhapsodized about its intellectual consolations. Kant recited long passages of it from memory during his lectures. And Adam Smith and David Hume drew inspiration from it in their writings. This was Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (1733-34), a masterpiece of philosophical poetry, one of the most important and controversial works of the Enlightenment, and one of the most widely read, imitated, and discussed poems of eighteenth-century Europe and America. This volume, which presents the first major new edition of the poem in more than fifty years, introduces this essential work to a new generation of readers, recapturing the excitement and illuminating the debates it provoked from the moment of its publication. Echoing Milton's purpose in Paradise Lost, Pope says his aim in An Essay on Man is to "vindicate the ways of God to man"--to explain the existence of evil and explore man's place in the universe. In a comprehensive introduction, Tom Jones describes the poem as an investigation of the fundamental question of how people should behave in a world they experience as chaotic, but which they suspect to be orderly from some higher point of view. The introduction provides a thorough discussion of the poem's attitudes, themes, composition, context, and reception, and reassesses the work's place in history. Extensive annotations to the text explain references and allusions. The result is the most accessible, informative, and reader-friendly edition of the poem in decades and an invaluable book for students and scholars of eighteenth-century literature and thought.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691159812 20160718
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x, 385 pages ; 24 cm
  • A people of the book
  • A lifelong passion
  • Heroes and villains
  • Divine intervention
  • The new Israel
  • Religion, morality, and republicanism
  • Other shared beliefs
  • Differences
  • Human nature and balanced government
  • Church and state.
In The Founders and the Bible, historian Carl J. Richard carefully examines the framers' relationship with the Bible to assess the conflicting claims of those who argue that they were Christians founding a Christian nation against those who see them as Deists or modern secularists. Richard argues that it is impossible to understand the Founders without understanding the Biblically infused society that produced them.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442254640 20170327
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xiii, 230 pages : 1 map ; 23 cm.
  • Georgia sells Its Western lands
  • Georgia rescinds the Yazoo sale
  • New England purchasers become Yazoo claimants
  • Fletcher sues Peck; congress debates Yazoo
  • The contract clause, vested rights, and first argument, 1809
  • The Supreme Court decides Fletcher; congress indemnifies claimants
  • The Marshall court and the contract clause after Fletcher.
In 1795, the Georgia legislature sold the state's western lands (present-day Alabama and Mississippi) to four private land companies. A year later, amid revelations of bribery, a newly elected legislature revoked the sale. This book tells the story of how the great Yazoo lands sale gave rise to the 1810 case in which the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice John Marshall, for the first time ruled the action of a state to be in violation of the Constitution, specifically the contract clause. Truly a landmark case, Fletcher v. Peck established judicial review of state legislative proceedings, provided a gloss on the contract clause, and established the preeminent role of the Supreme Court in private law matters. Beneath the case's dry legal proceedings lay a tangle of speculating mania, corruption, and political rivalry, which Charles Hobson unravels with narrative aplomb. As the scene shifts from the frontier to the courtroom, and from Georgia to New England, the cast of characters includes sharp dealers like Robert Morris, hot-headed politicians like James Jackson, and able counsel like John Quincy Adams, along with, of course, John Marshall himself. The improbably dramatic tale opens a window on land transactions, Indian relations, and the politics of the early nation, thereby revealing how the controversy over the Yazoo lands sale reflected a deeper crisis over the meaning of republicanism. Hobson, a leading scholar of the Marshall Court, lays out the details of the litigation with great clarity even as he presents a longer view of the implications and consequences of Fletcher v. Peck.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780700623310 20170123
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20. Homegoing [2016]

305 pages ; 25 cm
"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation"-- Provided by publisher.
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