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American Legal History, 1607-1870
This survey course examines major themes and interpretations in the history of American law and legal institutions from the earliest European settlements through the Civil War. Topics include continuity and change between English and American law in the colonial period, the American Revolution and its legal consequences, changing understandings of the U.S. Constitution, the legal status of women and African Americans, federalism, commerce, slavery, and the constitutional and legal consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
The student's grade will be based on a take-home final examination and class participation.