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The Cambridge History of Law in America by Michael (Indiana University) Grossberg


The Cambridge History of Law in America by Michael (Indiana University) Grossberg

Volume 3 of The Cambridge History of Law in America covers the period from 1920 to the present, 'the American Century'. It charts a century of legal transformations, and shows how, politically, socially and culturally, the twentieth century was when law became ubiquitous in American life. Among the themes discussed are innovation in the disciplinary and regulatory use of law, changes wrought by the intersection of law with explosive struggles around race, gender, class and sexuality, the emergence and development of the particularly American legal discourse of 'rights', and the expansion of this discourse to the international arena. The main focus of this last volume of The Cambridge History of Law in America is the accelerating pace of change, change which we can be confident will continue. The Cambridge History of Law in America has been made possible by the generous support of the American Bar Foundation.


'This volume offers much legal-historical scholarship of a high order. The extended bibliographical essays that conclude the work show the depth of learning underpinning the enterprise ... This is a volume that amply repays close reading and reflection, and at its best escapes the bounds of a reference work and offers a powerful historical vision.'
Edinburgh Law Review

'Grossberg and Tomlin present this fine edited collection of essays on the law in the US...The chapter authors, leading experts in their fields, present lively, well-written pieces...Of great value is each volume's long, comprehensive bibliographic essay, which is over 120 pages in each book. A very good and enriching treatment of the topics covered, as well as a good general survey.'

About the Author

Michael Grossberg is the Sally M. Reahard Professor of History and a Professor of Law at Indiana University. His research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, particularly the intersection of law and family.

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Publication date

21st November 2011


Michael (Indiana University) Grossberg

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Cambridge University Press


978 pages


Legal history
History of the Americas



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