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  • American Conservatismby Sanford V. Levinson; Melissa S. Williams; Joel Parker

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 65.00

    The topic of American conservatism is especially timely?and perhaps volatile.  Is there what might be termed an ?exceptional? form of conservatism that is characteristically American, in contrast to conservatisms found in other countries?  Are views that are identified in the United States as conservative necessarily congruent with what political... more...

  • The Presidents and the Constitutionby Ken Gormley

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 45.00

    In this sweepingly ambitious volume, the nation?s foremost experts on the American presidency and the U.S. Constitution join together to tell the intertwined stories of how each American president has confronted and shaped the Constitution. Each occupant of the office?the first president to the forty-fourth?has contributed to the story of the Constitution... more...

  • Earl Warren and the Struggle for Justiceby Paul Moke

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 109.99

    This thoughtful and readable biography offers an updated and balanced appraisal of Warren?s leading social justice decisions and a liberal critique of his failings that provides new insights into Warren, the man, the jurist, and the leader. more...

  • Declarations of Dependenceby Gregory Downs

    The University of North Carolina Press 2011; US$ 24.99

    In this highly original study, Gregory Downs argues that the most American of wars, the Civil War, created a seemingly un-American popular politics, rooted not in independence but in voluntary claims of dependence. Through an examination of the pleas and petitions of ordinary North Carolinians, Declarations of Dependence contends that the Civil War... more...

  • The Law's Conscienceby Peter Charles Hoffer

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    The Law's Conscience is a history of equity in Anglo-American juris-prudence from the inception of the chancellor's court in medieval England to the recent civil rights and affirmative action decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Peter Hoffer argues that equity embodies a way of looking at law, including constitutions, based on ideas of... more...

  • Law, Land, and Familyby Eileen Spring

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Eileen Spring presents a fresh interpretation of the history of inheritance among the English gentry and aristocracy. In a work that recasts both the history of real property law and the history of the family, she finds that one of the principal and determinative features of upper-class real property inheritance was the exclusion of females. This exclusion... more...

  • Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619-1860by Thomas D. Morris

    The University of North Carolina Press 2004; US$ 29.99

    This volume is the first comprehensive history of the evolving relationship between American slavery and the law from colonial times to the Civil War. As Thomas Morris clearly shows, racial slavery came to the English colonies as an institution without strict legal definitions or guidelines. Specifically, he demonstrates that there was no coherent... more...

  • The Supreme Court and Legal Changeby Lee Epstein; Joseph F. Kobylka

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    The authors analyze abortion and death penalty decisions by the Supreme Court and argue that they provide prime examples of abrupt legal change. After proposing that the strength of legal arguments has at least as much impact on Court decisions as do public opinion and justices' political beliefs, they focus on the way litigators propel certain issues... more...

  • Juries and the Transformation of Criminal Justice in France in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuriesby James M. Donovan

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 19.99

    James Donovan takes a comprehensive approach to the history of the jury in modern France by investigating the legal, political, sociocultural, and intellectual aspects of jury trial from the Revolution through the twentieth century. He demonstrates that these juries, through their decisions, helped shape reform of the nation's criminal justice system.... more...

  • The Mormon Questionby Sarah Barringer Gordon

    The University of North Carolina Press 2003; US$ 29.99

    From the Mormon Church's public announcement of its sanction of polygamy in 1852 until its formal decision to abandon the practice in 1890, people on both sides of the "Mormon question" debated central questions of constitutional law. Did principles of religious freedom and local self-government protect Mormons' claim to a distinct, religiously based... more...