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Book
x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • 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" : accomodating 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" : accomodating diversity in the twentieth century
  • Better right than quick : nationalizaing 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.
Law Library (Crown)
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x, 199 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction : the legal history of reconstruction
  • Traveling the political dial : political and cultural forces that shaped reconstruction-era lawmakers
  • Law and the wartime South
  • The great wreck of property : coming to grips with emancipation
  • Cleaning up after the Confederacy : the new federalism and allocation of losses of war
  • The constitutional legacy of reconstruction
  • A republic of paupers : shaping the individuals role in the postwar economy
  • The South confronts corporations
  • Reconstruction and womens rights
  • Southern law during the Bourbon era (1877-1890)
  • The impassable chasm : Southern law during the straight-out era (1890-1915)
  • The legal legacy of reconstruction.
The Civil War devastated the South, and the end of slavery turned Southern society upside down. How did the South regain social, economic, and political stability in the wake of emancipation and wartime destruction, and how did the South come together with its former enemies in the North? Why did the South not slip back into chaos after the war? This book holds keys to the answers to these tantalizing questions. Author Joseph Ranney explodes the myth of a unified South and exposes just how complex and fragile the postwar recovery was. The end of slavery and the emergence of a radically new social order raised a host of thorny legal issues: what place should newly freed slaves have in Southern society? What was the proper balance between state rights and a newly powerful federal government? How could postwar economic distress be eased without destroying property rights? Should new civil rights be extended to women as well as blacks? Southern states addressed these issues in surprisingly different ways. Ranney also profiles judges and other lawmakers who shaped Southern law during and after Reconstruction, including heretofore little-known black leaders in the South. These extraordinary individuals created a legal heritage that assisted leaders of the second civil rights revolution a century after Reconstruction's end. This book adds immeasurably to our knowledge not only of Southern history but also of American legal and social history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275989729 20160528
Green Library
Book
xxiii, 745 p. ; ill. ; 26 cm.
Law Library (Crown)

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