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The Transatlantic Constitution
by Mary Sarah Bilder
Harvard University Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-674-01512-8 | Paper: 978-0-674-02719-0 | eISBN: 978-0-674-02094-8
Library of Congress Classification KF4541.B53 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 342.73029

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Departing from traditional approaches to colonial legal history, Mary Sarah Bilder argues that American law and legal culture developed within the framework of an evolving, unwritten transatlantic constitution that lawyers, legislators, and litigants on both sides of the Atlantic understood. The central tenet of this constitution--that colonial laws and customs could not be repugnant to the laws of England but could diverge for local circumstances--shaped the legal development of the colonial world.

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