Wisconsin and the shaping of American law
- Joseph A. Ranney.
- Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, 
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- Physical description
- x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Ranney, Joseph A., 1952- author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-300) and index.
- 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.
- Publisher's Summary
- A guide to the complex history of state laws and their importance to all Americans 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. Joseph A. Ranney 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. Ranney 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.
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- 9780299312404 hardcover ; alkaline paper
- 0299312402 hardcover ; alkaline paper
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