Esteemed Bookes Of Lawe And The Legal Culture Of Early Virginia

Author: Warren M. Billings
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813939402
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Virginia men of law constituted one of the first learned professions in colonial America, and Virginia legal culture had an important and lasting impact on American political institutions and jurisprudence. Exploring the book collections of these Virginians therefore offers insight into the history of the book and the intellectual history of early America. It also addresses essential questions of how English culture migrated to the American colonies and was transformed into a distinctive American culture. Focusing on the law books that colonial Virginians acquired, how they used them, and how they eventually produced a native-grown legal literature, this collection explores the law and intellectual culture of the Commonwealth and reveals the origins of a distinctively Virginian legal literature. The contributors argue that understanding the development of early Virginia legal history—as shown through these book collections—not only illuminates important aspects of Virginia’s history and culture; it also underlies a thorough understanding of colonial and revolutionary American history and culture.

Thomas Jefferson Legal History And The Art Of Recollection

Author: Matthew Crow
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107161932
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Through his discussion of Thomas Jefferson, historian Matthew Crow offers a new perspective on constitutional transformation in early American history.

The Old Dominion In The Seventeenth Century

Author: Warren M. Billings
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1442960892
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Since its original publication in 1975, The Old Dominion in the Seventeenth Century has become an important teaching tool and research volume. Warren Billings brings together more than zoo period documents, organized topically, with each chapter introduced by an interpretive essay. Topics include the settlement of Jamestown, the evolution of government and the structure of society, forced labor, the economy, Indian - Anglo relations, and Bacon's Rebellion. This revised, expanded, and updated edition adds approximately 30 additional documents, extending the chronological reach to 1700. Freshly rethought chapter introductions and suggested readings incorporate the vast scholarship of the past 30 years. New illustrations of seventeenth - century artifacts and buildings enrich the texts with recent archaeological findings. With these enhancements, and a full index, students, scholars, and those interested in early Virginia will find these documents even more enlightening.

Not All Wives

Author: Karin A. Wulf
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801437021
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This book uses such sources as tax lists, censuses, poor relief records, newspapers, correspondence, wills, almanacs, and poetry to discuss the daily experiences of Philadelphia women who were widowed, divorced, separated, or never married.

Sir William Berkeley And The Forging Of Colonial Virginia

Author: Warren M. Billings
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 9780807137468
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Sir William Berkeley (1605--1677) influenced colonial Virginia more than any other man of his era, diversifying Virginia's trade with international markets, serving as a model for the planter aristocracy, and helping to establish American self-rule. An Oxford-educated playwright, soldier, and diplomat, Berkeley won appointment as governor of Virginia in 1641 after a decade in the court of King Charles I. Between his arrival in Jamestown and his death, Berkeley became Virginia's leading politician and planter, indelibly stamping his ambitions, accomplishments, and, ultimately, his failures upon the colony. In this masterly biography, Warren M. Billings offers the first full-scale treatment of Berkeley's life, revealing the extent to which Berkeley shaped early Virginia and linking his career to the wider context of seventeenth-century Anglo-American history.

Creating The British Atlantic

Author: Jack P. Greene
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813933897
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Set mostly within an expansive British imperial and transatlantic framework, this new selection of writings from the renowned historian Jack P. Greene draws on themes he has been developing throughout his distinguished career. In these essays Greene explores the efforts to impose Old World institutions, identities, and values upon the New World societies being created during the colonization process. He shows how transplanted Old World components—political, legal, and social—were adapted to meet the demands of new, economically viable, expansive cultural hearths. Greene argues that these transplantations and adaptations were of fundamental importance in the formation and evolution of the new American republic and the society it represented. The scope of this work allows Greene to consider in depth numerous subjects, including the dynamics of colonization, the development and character of provincial identities, the relationship between new settler societies in America and the emerging British Empire, and the role of cultural power in social and political formation.

Colonists In Bondage

Author: Abbott Emerson Smith
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807839671
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This is the story of the colonists of the kitchens, the stables, the fields, the shops, and those who came to America as indentured servants, men and women who sold" themselves to masters for a period of time in order to pay passage from an old world to a new and freer one. Their leaven has gone into the fiber of American society." Originally published in 1947. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

Finding Justice

Author: Lynne A. Battaglia
Publisher: George F Thompson
ISBN: 9781938086298
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Although women were not officially permitted to practice law in Maryland until 1902, when they were first able to sit for the bar exam, the history of women acting as lawyers in Maryland is storied, going back to the earliest decades of colonial America. Today, of course, women serve not only as lawyers but also as judges, professors, and elected officials, and from anywhere in local government to the U.S. Senate. Finding Justice tells the remarkable story of how women overcame historical obstacles—legal, social, and economic—to enter the legal profession and how their pioneering work has influenced the practice of law and society at large. Finding Justice offers the first comprehensive overview of the contributions women have made to the legal profession in Maryland, including detailed chapters on the history of women as lawyers since 1642; how social and political movements, both national and local, influenced women’s access to the legal profession during the early twentieth century; how women of color had to overcome barriers of race and gender to become lawyers; how community support, especially from family members and mentors, was crucial in helping women overcome the obstacles to law careers; and oral histories that reveal the personal stories of many women lawyers. The volume also contains an educational CD with the first-ever-compiled list of the nearly 25,000 women who have been admitted to the bar in Maryland. Finding Justice is a scholarly tour de force. Even as the book presents the past accomplishments of women lawyers, the difficulties they overcame, and what resources were critical to their achievements, it also looks to the future, for women still face unique obstacles in pursuing legal careers. By understanding better the history of women lawyers, it is hoped that the future of law in Maryland and the United States will be one of increased diversity and accessibility. Contributors: Phoebe A. Haddon, Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden and former Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law * The Honorable Andrea M. Leahy, Maryland Court of Special Appeals * The Honorable Diane O. Leasure, retired from the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Maryland * Michelle R. Mitchell, attorney and shareholder in the firm of Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut & Klein * Jane C. Murphy, Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore * The Honorable Julie Rubin, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court, Eighth Judicial Circuit Distributed for George F. Thompson Publishing in association with the Maryland Women’s Bar Association Foundation and the University of Baltimore Foundation

The Evil Necessity

Author: Denver Brunsman
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 0813933528
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A fundamental component of Britain’s early success, naval impressment not only kept the Royal Navy afloat—it helped to make an empire. In total numbers, impressed seamen were second only to enslaved Africans as the largest group of forced laborers in the eighteenth century. In The Evil Necessity, Denver Brunsman describes in vivid detail the experience of impressment for Atlantic seafarers and their families. Brunsman reveals how forced service robbed approximately 250,000 mariners of their livelihoods, and, not infrequently, their lives, while also devastating Atlantic seaport communities and the loved ones who were left behind. Press gangs, consisting of a navy officer backed by sailors and occasionally local toughs, often used violence or the threat of violence to supply the skilled manpower necessary to establish and maintain British naval supremacy. Moreover, impressments helped to unite Britain and its Atlantic coastal territories in a common system of maritime defense unmatched by any other European empire. Drawing on ships’ logs, merchants’ papers, personal letters and diaries, as well as engravings, political texts, and sea ballads, Brunsman shows how ultimately the controversy over impressment contributed to the American Revolution and served as a leading cause of the War of 1812. Early American HistoriesWinner of the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Work of Scholarship in Eighteenth-Century Studies

Society Ties

Author: THOMAS L. III. HOWARD
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ISBN: 9780813939810
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Society Ties is a history of the University of Virginia's oldest student organization, the Jefferson Society. Founded in 1825, the Society has counted the likes of Woodrow Wilson and Edgar Allan Poe among its membership and continues to be one of the largest and most active student organizations on Grounds. Society Ties is more than just the story of the Jefferson Society, however; it is a history of student life at the University of Virginia. The book explores what motivates students during their time at the University and how they experience the ineffable place that is Jefferson's Academical Village. Although there is a growing body of scholarship on the history of the University, little attention has been paid to student life, with a focus instead on administrative and institutional developments. The Jefferson Society has received less attention still--though similar groups at other institutions have received significant historical treatment--largely because no historian has until now been granted access to the Society's archives. Society Ties addresses both of these gaps, recounting in unique depth and vibrancy the history of the University from a student perspective. Generations of students have passed through Hotel C on the West Range and gone on to be statesmen, writers, and intellectuals. Society Ties offers fresh insight into how these students' formative experiences shaped their later impact on the world. It tells the stories of young orators practicing at politics, aspiring authors setting their pens to the pages of magazines and newspapers in pursuit of the beauty of the written word, young men grappling with the questions of integration and coeducation, and why even today students gather, as they have for almost two hundred years, on West Range to discuss the important issues of the day. Society Ties also comes at a critical time in the study of the history of American higher education, as the legacy of our academic institutions come under increasing scrutiny. Questions about the role of race, gender, and privilege in higher education underscore our obligation to enhance our understanding of this rich history. This book seeks to do just that.