The Shaping of Nineteenth-Century Law: John Appleton and Responsible Individualism

The Shaping of Nineteenth-Century Law: John Appleton and Responsible Individualism

The Shaping of Nineteenth-Century Law: John Appleton and Responsible Individualism

The Shaping of Nineteenth-Century Law: John Appleton and Responsible Individualism

Synopsis

John Appleton was a prominent American lawyer who practiced in and around Bangor, Maine, beginning in the early 1820s and earned a national reputation as Chief Justice of Maine's supreme court. Through a study of Appleton's life and thought, Gold shows how the commitment to individual liberty and personal responsibility helped shape 19th-century American law. By tracing Appleton's life and law practice, the book addresses an aspect of early American culture that has received little attention--the nature of American individualism as embodied in the law.
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