Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic

Law Labor and Ideology in the Early American Republic A fundamental reinterpretation of law and politics in America between and the crucial period of the Republic s early growth and its movement toward industrialism is geared to everyone inte

  • Title: Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic
  • Author: Christopher L. Tomlins
  • ISBN: 9780521438575
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fundamental reinterpretation of law and politics in America between 1790 and 1850, the crucial period of the Republic s early growth and its movement toward industrialism, is geared to everyone interested in the broad stream of American political and social history.

    One thought on “Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic”

    1. A cogent but perhaps overstated argument about the nature of legal changes during the period 1780-1860 that occurred to the detriment of laborers. A member of the critical legal studies camp, Tomlins relies heavily on postmodern theory and close readings of a few key sources, but his book isn't as thoroughly researched as Novak's The People's Welfare (and it shows--huge, difficult-to-extrapolate conclusions are drawn from analyses of one or two major state court decisions). Despite its author's [...]

    2. Not an easy read if you are not a lawyer, but is provides a good introduction to the fundamental concepts facing labor organizations in the legal system.

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