Spring 2014 Course Schedule

U.S. Lgl Hist II (LAW-610-001)
May, James

Meets: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM (TTH) - Room 314

Enrolled: 12 / Limit: 16

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Explores the development of American legal doctrine and thought and its interaction with broader trends in society from post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present. Topics examined include constitutional law, private law, government regulation, and jurisprudence. For a much fuller description, please see the syllabus posted here. U.S. LEGAL HISTORY I IS NOT A PREREQUISITE.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Melvin Urofsky & Paul Finkelman, A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume 2: From 1898 to the Present (3d ed. 2011); Kermit Hall and Peter Karsten, The Magic Mirror: Law in American History (2d ed. 2008); William Wiecek, Liberty Under Law (1988); Lawrence Friedman, American Law in the Twentieth Century (2004); William W. Fisher, et al., American Legal Realism (1993); Paul Boyer, et al., Cengage Advantage Books: The Enduring Vision, Volume 2: Since 1865 (7th ed. 2011)or (8th ed. 2014, soon forthcoming). [This "Cengage Advantage Books" version is a substantially less expensive version of The Enduring Vision, Volume 2 book, containing all of the narrative but fewer graphics.] All of these books, except for the soon to be released Cengage Advantage version of the 8th edition of The Enduring Vision, can be purchased used on line at a substantial discount, in some cases at an awesome discount. A few copies of each of these books also will be available in the Reserve stacks in the library.

First Class Readings

For our first class session, please read: (1) Melvin I. Urofsky and Paul Finkelman, A MARCH OF LIBERTY: A CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, Volume *I*, at 472-76, 479-81, 483-99 (3d ed. 2011) (Note: these pages are in Volume I, rather than in Volume II which we will be using during the term; copies of Volume I are available in both the reserve and regular stacks in the library); and (2) Course Materials at 1-6.


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