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The Common Law in Colonial America: Volume IV: Law and the Constitution on the Eve of Independence, 1735-1776

William E. Nelson

Abstract

This volume begins where volumes 2 and 3 ended. The main theme of the four-volume project is that the law of America’s thirteen colonies differed profoundly when they first were founded, but had developed into a common American law by the time of the Revolution. This fourth volume focuses on what was common to the law of Britain’s thirteen North American colonies in the mid-eighteenth century, although it also takes important differences into account. The first five chapters examine procedural and substantive law in colonies and conclude that, except in North Carolina and northern New York, th ... More

Keywords: common law, constitution, juries, lawyers, localism, Proclamation of 1763, religious establishment, sovereignty, Stamp Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190850487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190850487.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William E. Nelson, author
Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law and Professor of History, New York University