The Yale Law School Guide to Research in American Legal History

The Yale Law School Guide to Research in American Legal History

by John B. Nann, Morris L. Cohen


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The study of legal history has a broad application that extends well beyond the interests of legal historians. An attorney arguing a case today may need to cite cases that are decades or even centuries old, and historians studying political or cultural history often encounter legal issues that affect their main subjects. Both groups need to understand the laws and legal practices of past eras. This essential reference is intended for the many nonspecialists who need to enter this arcane and often tricky area of research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300118537
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 744,163
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John B. Nann is senior librarian for reference, instruction, and collection services, and lecturer in legal research, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. The late Morris L. Cohen was law librarian and professor of law at Yale, Harvard, Penn, and SUNY-Buffalo law schools.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 General Bibliographic Sources 29

2 English Foundations of American Law, 1500s-1776 48

3 Colonial Law, 1600s-1770s 75

4 Constitutional Law, 1780s 98

5 The Early Republic, 1790s-1870s 120

6 Research Gets Organized, 1880s-1930s 164

7 The Administrative State, 1930s-2010s 203

8 Archives and Practice Materials 230

9 International and Civil Law in the United States 246

10 Language and Biography 277

11 Nonlaw Research 302

Index 323

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