September 30, 2013 Articles

Book Review: Law in American History: Volume 1

A masterful account of the development of our country's law.

By Dennis Owens

G. Edward White
Law in American History Volume 1: From the Colonial Years Through the Civil War
Oxford University Press

Ted White teaches law at the University of Virginia. When the American Law Institute recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, it invited Professor White to make the principal speech. He is the premier American legal historian working today. His books have been the best on the subject again and again. And what subjects: Oliver W. Holmes Jr., Earl Warren, John Marshall, tort law, Alger Hiss, and the history of baseball. He is a very capable writer and an astute researcher. When this volume arrived, we set aside the half-dozen books we were then reading (and a couple of essays we were writing), so that we could straight away dive into Professor White’s latest work. We knew that we would enjoy and be edified by the process. We were not disappointed.

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