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1815-1850: Law and Justice: Publications

1815-1850: Law and Justice: Publications

Joseph K. Angell, Watercourses (Boston: Little, Brown, 1824)oft-cited guide to the law governing the key source of power for the early Industrial Revolution;

Angell and Samuel Ames, A Treatise on the Law of Private Corporations Aggregate (Boston: Little & J. Brown, 1832)the first American treatise on corporate law;

Henry Baldwin, A General View of the Origin and Nature of the Constitution and Government of the United States (Philadelphia: J. C. Clark, 1837)a rambling rebuttal to Joseph Storys Commentaries on the Constitution (1833) by a colleague on the Supreme Court;

Nathan Dane, A General Abridgement and Digest of American Law, nine volumes (Boston: Cummings, Hilliard, 18231829)a compendium rather than a systematic treatise; its earnings enabled the author to endow the Harvard Law School professorship held by Joseph Story;

Dorothea Dix, Remarks on Prisons and Prison Discipline (Boston: Printed by Munroe &Francis, 1845)a survey of state penitentiaries and local prisons, combined with an argument in support of the Pennsylvania system of penal management;

James Gould, A Treatise on the Principles of Pleading in Civil Actions (New York, 1832)a manual for practitioners by a professor at the Litchfield Law School;

Simon Greenleaf, Treatise on the Law of Evidence (Boston: C. C. Little &J. Brown, 18461856)the standard synthesis of the subject;

Francis Hilliard, Elements of Law (Boston: Hilliard, Gray, 1835)an overview of the law by a Boston lawyer who would later write the first treatise on torts;

David Hoffman, A Course of Legal Study (Baltimore: Published by Coate & Maxwell, 1817)a series of lectures by a Baltimore attorney chosen by the University of Maryland to organize a law school;

James Kent, Commentaries on American Law, four volumes (New York: O. Halsted, 18261830)as a worthy counterpart to William Blackstones Commentaries on the Laws of England (17651769), it signified the maturity of American legal writing;

Edward Livingston, System of Penal Laws for the United States of America (Washington, D.C.: Gales & Seaton, 1828)although neither the Louisiana legislature nor the Congress chose to adopt it, this exposition of current thought on crime and punishment was influential throughout the world;

James Madison, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 (Washington, D.C.: Taylor & Maury, 1840)published after Madisons death, the notes provided the first substantial information about the convention and contributed to the reinterpretation of the Constitution;

Edward Mansfield, The Legal Rights, Liabilities, and Duties of Women (Salem, Mass.: J. P. Jewett, 1845)a survey of the state of the law on the eve of the womans rights movement;

John Belton ONeall, Negro Law of South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.: Printed by J. G. Bowman, 1848)the law of race relations in the jurisdiction most firmly committed to slavery;

Wendell Phillips, ed., The Constitution, a Pro-Slavery Compact, or Selections from the Madison Papers (New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1844)an abolitionist interpretation of the Constitution as a covenant with death;

Robert Rantoul Jr., Oration at Scituate (Boston, 1836)one of the most powerful appeals for codification of the law;

Tapping Reeve, Law of Baron and Femme (New Haven: Printed by Oliver Steele, 1816)the first American treatise on the law of domestic relations;

Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, three volumes (Boston: Hilliard, Gray, 1833)one of Storys many Commentaries, this became one of the most influential works in the entire literature of American law;

William Wetmore Story, A Treatise on the Law of Contracts Not Under Seal (Boston: C. C. Little & J. Brown, 1844)written by the son of Joseph Story, this remained a standard reference long after the author had abandoned his fathers footsteps to live in Rome as a sculptor;

St. George Tucker, Commentaries on the Laws of Virginia (Richmond, 1831)the annotator of the most important American edition of Blackstone turns his attention to the laws of his home state;

Tucker, Lectures on Constitutional Law (Washington, D.C., 1043)a rebuttal to Joseph Storys Commentaries (1833) by one of the foremost legal thinkers in the South;

Gulian Verplanck, An Essay on the Doctrine of Contracts: Being An Inquiry How Contracts Are Affected in Law and Morals (New York: G. & C. Carvill, 1825)an attack on the doctrine of caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) that more broadly addresses the ethical structure of contract law;

Timothy Walker, Introduction to American Law (Philadelphia: P. H. Nicklin & T. Johnson, 1837)a guide for students by one of the leading legal educators of the period;

Henry Wheaton, Elements of International Law (London: B. Fellowes, 1836)a treatise by the reporter of Supreme Court opinions from 1815 to 1827.

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