Reason over Precedents: Origins of American Legal Thought


This legal and intellectual history shows how the education of American lawyers between 1779 and 1829 manifested a unique and distinct process of legal thought into the United States. This new American legal thought, based upon ideas imported from the works of European natural law writers, had a significant impact on the creation of a distinctly American legal system and was, and continues to be, instrumental in shaping American society.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993


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