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The Clamor of Lawyers

by Peter Charles Hoffer & WilliamJames Hull Hoffer Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

The Clamor of Lawyers explores a series of extended public pronouncements that British North American colonial lawyers crafted between 1761 and 1776. Most, though not all, were composed outside of the courtroom...


History and Power in the Study of Law

by June Starr & Jane F. Collier Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Building on earlier work in the anthropology of law and taking a critical stance toward it, June Starr and Jane F. Collier ask, "Should social anthropologists continue to isolate the ‘legal’ as a separate...


Madame Bovary on Trial

by Dominick LaCapra Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary...


The Poison Plot

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

An accusation of attempted murder rudely interrupted Mary Arnold’s dalliances with working men and her extensive shopping sprees. When her husband Benedict fell deathly ill and then asserted she had tried...


The Criminalization of Abortion in the West

by Wolfgang P. Müller Cornell University Press (May 22, 2012)

Anyone who wants to understand how abortion has been treated historically in the western legal tradition must first come to terms with two quite different but interrelated historical trajectories. On one hand,...


Hear My Sad Story

by Richard Polenberg Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these...


The Consumption of Justice

by Daniel Lord Smail Cornell University Press (April 15, 2013)

In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the ideas and practices of justice in Europe underwent significant change as procedures were transformed and criminal and civil caseloads grew apace. Drawing on the...


Dirt for Art's Sake

by Elisabeth Ladenson Cornell University Press (September 24, 2012)

In Dirt for Art's Sake, Elisabeth Ladenson recounts the most visible of modern obscenity trials involving scandalous books and their authors. What, she asks, do these often-colorful legal histories have to tell...


Withces, Wife Beaters, and Whores

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (September 15, 2011)

The early American legal system permeated the lives of colonists and reflected their sense of what was right and wrong, honorable and dishonorable, moral and immoral. In a compelling book full of the extraordinary...


The Morning Breaks

by Bettina Aptheker Cornell University Press (January 21, 2014)

On August 7, 1970, a revolt by Black prisoners in a Marin County courthouse stunned the nation. In its aftermath, Angela Davis, an African American activist-scholar who had campaigned vigorously for prisoners'...