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311 p. ; 25 cm.
John Fabian Witt argues that experiments in accident law at the turn of the twentieth century arose out of competing views of the loose network of ideas and institutions that historians call the ideology of free labour. These experiments a century ago shaped twentieth- and twenty-first-century American accident law; they laid the foundations of the American administrative state; and they occasioned a still hotly contested legal transformation from the principles of free labour to the categories of insurance and risk. In this eclectic moment at the beginnings of the modern state, Witt describes American accident law as a contingent set of institutions that might plausibly have developed along a number of historical paths. In turn, he suggests, the making of American accident law is the story of the equally contingent remaking of our accidental republic.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674012677 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-223-02, LAW-651-01
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xiv, 244 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Setting the course : the grant from the Garland Fund
  • The legal background : from Margold to Houston
  • The influence of the staff
  • Thurgood Marshall and the Maryland connection
  • Securing the precedents : Gaines and Alston
  • The campaign in the 1940s : contingencies, adaptions, and the problem of staff
  • The strategy of delay and the direct attack on segregation
  • Conclusion: Some lessons learned from the campaign.
The NAACP's fight against segregated education - the first public interest litigation campaign - culminated in the 1954 Brown decision. While touching on the general social, political, and economic climate in which the NAACP acted, Mark V. Tushnet emphasizes the internal workings of the organization as revealed in its own documents. He argues that the dedication and the political and legal skills of staff members such as Walter White, Charles Hamilton Houston, and Thurgood Marshall were responsible for the ultimate success of public interest law. This edition contains a new epilogue by the author that addresses general questions of litigation strategy, the persistent question of whether the Brown decision mattered, and the legacy of Brown through the Burger and Rehnquist courts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780807855959 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-651-01
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viii, 344 p. ; 24 cm.
Debt was an inescapable fact of life in early America. At the beginning of the 18th century, its sinfulness was preached by ministers and the right to imprison debtors was unquestioned. By 1800, imprisonment for debt was under attack and insolvency was no longer seen as a moral failure, merely an economic setback. In "Republic of Debtors", Bruce H. Mann illuminates this crucial transformation in early American society. From the wealthy merchant to the backwoods farmer, Mann tells the personal stories of men and women struggling to repay their debts and stay ahead of their creditors. He opens a window onto a society undergoing such fundamental changes as the growth of a commercial economy, the emergence of a consumer marketplace, and a revolution for indepencence. In addressing debt Americans debated complicated questions of commerce and agriculture, nationalism and federalism, dependence and independence, slavery and freedom. And when numerous prominent men - including the richest man in America and a justice of the Supreme Court - found themselves imprisoned for debt or forced to become fugitives from creditors, their fate altered the political dimensions of debtor relief, leading to the highly controversial Bankruptcy Act of 1800. Whether a society forgives its debtors is not just a question of law or economics; it goes to the heart of what a society values. In chronicling attitudes toward debt and bankruptcy in early America, Mann explores the very character of American society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674009028 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-651-01