By Birth or Consent

By Birth or Consent

In mid-sixteenth-century England, people were born into authority and responsibility based on their social status. Thus elite children could designate property or serve in Parliament, while children of the poorer sort might be forced to sign labor contracts or be hanged for arson or picking pockets. By the late eighteenth century, however, English and American law began to emphasize contractual relations based on informed consent rather than on birth status. In By… (more)

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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Caroli (December 01, 2012)

Collection: Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press

Page count: 408 pages

Language: English


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