The Resource Law's imagined republic : popular politics and criminal justice in revolutionary America, Steven Wilf

Law's imagined republic : popular politics and criminal justice in revolutionary America, Steven Wilf

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Law's imagined republic : popular politics and criminal justice in revolutionary America
Title
Law's imagined republic
Title remainder
popular politics and criminal justice in revolutionary America
Statement of responsibility
Steven Wilf
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Summary
"Law's Imagined Republic shows how the American Revolution was marked by the rapid proliferation of law talk across the colonies. This legal language was both elite and popular, spanned different forms of expression from words to rituals, and included simultaneously real and imagined law. Since it was employed to mobilize resistance against England, the proliferation of revolutionary legal language became intimately intertwined with politics. Drawing on a wealth of material from criminal cases, Steven Wilf reconstructs the intertextual ways Americans from the 1760s through the 1790s read law : reading one case against another and often self-consciously comparing transatlantic legal systems as they thought about how they might construct their own legal system in a new republic. What transformed extraordinary tales of crime into a political forum? How did different ways of reading or speaking about law shape our legal origins? And, ultimately, how might excavating innovative approaches to law in this formative period, which were constructed in the street as well as in the courtroom, alter our usual understanding of contemporary American legal institutions? Law's Imagined Republic tells the story of the untidy beginnings of American law"--Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilf, Steven Robert
LC call number
KF9223
LC item number
.W533 2010
Nature of contents
  • encyclopedias
  • surveys of literature
  • legal articles
Series statement
Cambridge historical studies in American law and society.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Law
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Law
  • Strafjustiz
  • Strafrecht
  • Gespräch
  • United States
  • USA
  • USA
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Law's imagined republic : popular politics and criminal justice in revolutionary America, Steven Wilf
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-231) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Criminal law out-of-doors -- "The language of law is a vulgar tongue" -- Local justice, transatlantic justice -- The problem of punishment in an age of revolution -- The statute imagined
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 239 pages
Isbn
9780521145282
Lccn
2010002831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)496958334
Label
Law's imagined republic : popular politics and criminal justice in revolutionary America, Steven Wilf
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-231) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Criminal law out-of-doors -- "The language of law is a vulgar tongue" -- Local justice, transatlantic justice -- The problem of punishment in an age of revolution -- The statute imagined
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 239 pages
Isbn
9780521145282
Lccn
2010002831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)496958334

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