Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, 
Book — 1 online resource (x, 309 pages) : illustrations
The law that came before
Law on the Frontier
A Jacksonian jurisprudence
Ropes of Sand : slavery and State Rights
Imperia in Imperiis : striking a balance of power in the Industrial Age
"Absolute common ground" : accommodating diversity in a growing State and Nation
Crying out for Man's hand : law and nature in an Instrumentalist Age
Breaking the Procrustean bed : The Progressive Era
Great public needs : the New Deal and the rise of labor
"Equal in all other respects" : accommodating diversity in the Twentieth Century
Better right than quick : nationalizing trends in State Law, 1940-1980
Law in the Age of Individualism.
"State laws affect nearly every aspect of our daily lives--our safety, personal relationships, and business dealings--but receive less scholarly attention than federal laws and courts. [The author] looks at how state laws have evolved and shaped American history, through the lens of the historically influential state of Wisconsin. Organized around periods of social need and turmoil, the book considers the role of states as legal laboratories in establishing American authority west of the Appalachians, in both implementing and limiting Jacksonian reforms and in navigating legal crises before and during the Civil War--including Wisconsin's invocation of sovereignty to defy federal fugitive slave laws. [The author] also surveys judicial revolts, the reforms of the Progressive era, and legislative responses to struggles for civil rights by immigrants, women, Native Americans, and minorities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Since the 1960s, battles have been fought at the state level over such issues as school vouchers, voting, and abortion rights."-- Back cover.