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The Common Law of Colonial America: Volume I: The Chesapeake and New England 1607-1660

William E. Nelson

Abstract

The four-volume series of which this book is the first volume shows how the legal systems of Britain's thirteen North American colonies, which were initially established in response to divergent political, economic, and religious initiatives, slowly converged until it became possible by the 1770s to imagine that all thirteen participated in a common American legal order, which diverged in its details but differed far more substantially from English common law. This book reveals how Virginians' zeal for profit led to the creation of a harsh legal order that efficiently squeezed payment out of d ... More

Keywords: Chesapeake, colonial America, common law, debtors, Massachusets, moral values, New England, profit, servants, Virginia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327281
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327281.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William E. Nelson, author
New York University School of Law
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