Constitutional and Legal History I



Spring 2013

HIUS 7652

Constitutional and Legal History I

Jessica Lowe

This course will examine American constitutional and legal history from 1776 to 1865. Topics to be covered include the English backdrop, framing and ratification of the American Constitution, republicanism and law reform, jurisprudential changes of the early nineteenth century, slavery’s impact on legal development, and the impact of economic change on constitutional politics and constitutional law.  Choice of examination or paper.  Readings include:  Bernard Bailyn, Ideological Origins of the American Revolution; Laura Edwards, The People and Their Peace; Mark Graber, Dred Scot and the Problem of Constitutional Evil; Daniel Hulsebosch, Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664–1830; Pauline Maier, Ratification;  Hartog, “Pigs and Positivism”; David Armitage, “The Declaration of Independence and International Law,”; James Willard Hurst, Law and the Conditions of Freedom in the Nineteenth-Century United States; Morton Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860; and more.



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University of Virginia
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