Faithful Magistrates and Republican Lawyers: Creators of Virginia Legal Culture, 1680-1810

Faithful Magistrates and Republican Lawyers: Creators of Virginia Legal Culture, 1680-1810

Faithful Magistrates and Republican Lawyers: Creators of Virginia Legal Culture, 1680-1810

Faithful Magistrates and Republican Lawyers: Creators of Virginia Legal Culture, 1680-1810

Synopsis

Until the mid-1700s, law was not thought of as a science or profession. Most Virginians adhered to the English country tradition that considered law to be a local and personal affair. The growth of cities and business, however, guaranteed that disputes would spill over county boundaries. As law proliferated and became more complex, it encouraged the growth of a legal profession composed of men who shared specialized knowledge of law and the courts.

Originally published in 1981.
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