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Blackstone in America: Selected Essays of Kathryn Preyer

Edited by: Mary Bilder, Maeva Marcus, R. Kent Newmyer

ISBN13: 9781107666627
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2009)
Price: £21.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521490870

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Blackstone in America explores the creative process of transplantation – the way in which American legislators and judges refashioned the English common law inheritance to fit the republican political culture of the new nation. With current scholarship returning to focus on the transformation of Anglo-American law to ‘American’ law, Professor Kathryn Preyer’s lifelong study of the constitutional and legal culture of the early American republic has acquired new relevance and a wider audience.

The collection includes Professor Preyer’s work on criminal law, the early national judiciary, and the history of the book. All nine of Professor Preyer’s important and award-winning essays are easily accessible in this volume, with new introductions by three leading scholars of early American law.

  • Includes several award-winning essays that are fundamental to the discipline
  • Makes essays that are otherwise difficult to obtain easily accessible in a single volume
  • A compilation of a lifetime of work by a leading American legal historian

Legal History
1. Introduction Stanley N. Katz

Part I. Law and Politics in the Early Republic:
2. Introduction Maeva Marcus
3. Federalist policy and the Judiciary Act of 1801
4. The appointment of Chief Justice Marshall
5. The midnight judges
6. U.S. v. Callender: judge and jury in a republican society

Part II. The Law of Crimes in Post-Revolutionary America:
7. Introduction Kent Newmyer
8. Penal measures in the American colonies: an overview
9. Crime, the criminal law and reform in post-revolutionary Virginia
10. Jurisdiction to punish: authority, federalism and the common law of crimes in the early republic

Part III. The History of the Book and Trans-Atlantic Connections:
11. Introduction Mary Sarah Bilder
12. Beccaria and the founding fathers
13. Two enlightened criminal law reformers: Thomas Jefferson of Virginia and Peter Leopold, Grand Duke of Tuscany.