The Magic Mirror: Law in American History

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Chronicling American law from its English origins to the present, and offering for the first time comprehensive treatment of twentieth-century developments, this book sets American law and legal institutions in the broad context of social, economic, and political events, weaving together themes from the history of both constitutional and private law. The Magic Mirror treats law in society, and the legal implications of social change in areas such as criminal justice, the rights of women, blacks, the family, and children. It further examines regional differences in American legal culture, the creation of the administrative and security states, the development of American federalism, and the rise of the legal profession. Hall pays close attention to the evolution of substantive law categories--such as contracts, torts, negotiable instruments, real property, trusts and estates, and civil procedure--and addresses the intellectual evolution of American law, surveying movements such as legal realism and critical legal studies. Hall concludes that over its history American law has been remarkably fluid, adapting in form and substance to each successive generation without ever fully resolving the underlying social and economic conflicts that first provoke demands for legal change.

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Kermit L. Hall is at University of Florida.

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"This useful, often elegant synthesis of American legal development replaces Lawrence Friedman's History of American Law as the best brief account of the subject."--Western Legal History

"Lucid and accurate, the Magic Mirror should prove useful to undergraduates, law students, and general readers interested in gaining an overview of American legal history in a reasonable number of pages."--Ius Commune

"Precisely the sort of interpretive survey of the evolution of American legal culture that students and teachers have needed for years."--American Historical Review

"Excellent survey."--Dwight G. Duncan, South New England School of Law

"A superb introduction to American legal history. Kermit Hall deserves much praise for this major work. Not only has he convincingly synthesized a large and complex scholarship, but he has related it to the broad themes of American history in a way that makes legal history accessible....We are all in his debt."--American Journal of Legal History

"Makes a useful contribution by presenting in one trim volume an introduction to the key threads of American legal history."--Foundation News, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit sector

"An insightful, concise, and chronologically complete history of law in America....Thought-provoking....A highly polished reflector, throwing powerful images not only of law and society in American's past, but of our current thinking about law's history."--Focus on Law Studies

"Kermit Hall offers both specialists and nonspecialists a fresh, generally inclusive summary, one that sweeps across broad areas of American history."--Norman L. Rosenberg, Journal of Southern History

"A most significant contribution to American legal history, and it will serve as a centerpiece for future work in the field."-- John R. Wunder, The Historian

"For both historians and lawyers, Hall has provided a readable and compact history of the intersections of law with American social and economic history....A book that will inform and stimulate thinking and research."--Judicature

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