LAW Approaches to American Legal History
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Approaches to American Legal History
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[ Academia ] as a Related Elective for those interested in Legal Theory : The history of legal practices and ideas, together with related intellectual, social and political history, will be of interest to students with an academic career objective. This seminar will examine some of the best recent writings in American legal history to consider the ways in which the field reflects developments in historical writing generally, as well as the ways the study of legal materials might alter and influence our understanding of major aspects of the history of the United States.
General course Description:
(Same as History 353D). Legal history may once have been primarily devoted to tracing the evolution of legal doctrines or the formulation of key judicial opinions, and as such, to be of interest primarily to legal scholars and lawyers. But now much of the best writing in legal history resembles historical writing more generally, and the study of legal ideas and practices is increasingly integrated with social, intellectual, cultural, and political history. This seminar will examine some of the best recent writings in American legal history, ranging broadly across time and space to consider the ways in which the field incorporates and reflects developments in historical writing more generally, but also considering how the use of legal materials might alter and influence our understanding of major aspects of American history as well.
Course Style: A Substantive/ Perspective course looks at law from an external or non-traditional standpoint.