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U.S. Legal History

HIS 379/SPI 362/AMS 420

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This class views legal history broadly as the relationship between formal law, popular legal culture, state governance, and social change in the U.S., from the colonial period to the present. We will examine changing conceptions of rights, equality, justice, the public interest. We also will consider questions about the operation of law in U.S. history: How is law made? What do people expect from law? Who controls law? How did that change over time? These questions open up a rich, layered past in which the law was a source of authority that mediated social and political conflicts, even as those conflicts ultimately changed the law.
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  • Type: Precept
  • Section: P06
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 0
  • Capacity: 0
  • Class Number: 23759
  • Schedule: W 02:30 PM-03:20 PM

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  • Section: P99
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 0
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  • Class Number: 21830