Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Intoxication Workshop

[We have the following announcement.]

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Intoxication, Discourse, and Practice
Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October, 2016
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

by Ryosuke Yokoe

Since at least the sixteenth century intoxication has frequently been seen as a problem in western cultures – a medical, social, political, moral, and economic concern, affecting both individuals and social bodies, that huge amounts of public funding and energy have been devoted to understanding, addressing, and preventing. Just as frequently, these attempts have failed, even when they are based on apparently incontrovertible ‘scientific’ evidence – to do with serious physiological damage done by alcohol to the brain and liver, for example, or serious personal and social harms caused by illicit drugs.

Organised by the Sheffield research project Intoxicants and Early Modernity: England, 1580-1740, the focus of this workshop is:

·         discourses that have and/or continue to frame intoxication as a problem over time
·         other discourses that have represented intoxicants as an integral and valuable feature of social life and personal identity
·         the relationship between these various discursive traditions and practices of intoxication in different times and places

To this end the interdisciplinary workshop brings together exponents of and experts in different kinds of discourse: medical, psychological, cultural, economic, law and politics, public health. But it also brings together experts in social practice: for example, social historians, anthropologists, and sociologists. The workshop provides an opportunity for speakers to think about the epistemologies, language, and assumptions of discourses relating to intoxicants and – in particular – the means by which they are publicly communicated: by whom, to whom, in what media and genres. It also asks students of social practices to think about the key discursive influences on their construction, reproduction, meaning, and value over time.

For a full list of speakers and registration, please click https://www.intoxicantsproject.org/project-workshop-intoxication-discourse-and-practice/ The deadline for registration is 16 September 2016.

Abraham and White on the Civil Trial and the Emergence of American Tort Law

Kenneth S. Abraham and G. Edward White, University of Virginia School of Law, have posted The Transformation of the Civil Trial and the Emergence of American Tort Law, which is forthcoming in the Arizona Law Review:    
Everyone agrees that American tort law expanded significantly in the late nineteenth century. But the story of that change, as usually told, is radically incomplete. One important precondition of tort law as we now know it was a major change in evidence law, one that only began to emerge after 1850. Before then, plaintiffs, defendants, and other “interested” parties were almost universally prohibited from testifying in civil trials. With this prohibition on party testimony, what the jury knew about the facts underlying a tort action was derivative and incomplete. Far fewer tort actions were brought at all, because often the only evidence available to the plaintiff was his or her own account of what had happened, and that was inadmissible. But with the change, victims of personal injury were now able to describe, before juries, the circumstances in which they had been injured. They were able to talk about what they had done, what the entities they were suing had done or not done, and how they had suffered. They no longer needed the fortuitous presence of third-party witnesses to elicit testimony about how had they had been injured. The abolition of the prohibition on party testimony, in short, made it much easier to succeed in personal injury lawsuits.

At stake in this transformation was the very epistemology of the civil trial. With the admission of party testimony, civil trials went from being pre-modern efforts to resolve disputes whose outcomes were affected by the spiritual weight assigned to oaths taken by third-party witnesses, to the modern searches for factual truth that we now (incorrectly) assume they always have been. Without this transformation, other factors that later brought about modern tort liability could not have exercised the influence that they did have. The transformation created the very conditions under which modern tort law could, and then did, emerge. Yet the transformation and its significance for tort law have gone largely unrecognized. Modern tort scholars appear to be completely unaware of the prohibition on party testimony, and have therefore failed for more than a century to take it into account in the way they have written and taught about the development of the law of torts. Because the rules and practices that preceded the transformation have now completely disappeared from modern torts cases, what it accomplished may appear, incorrectly, to have always been the case. But it is lack of visibility, rather than lack of responsibility, that has actually been at work in hiding the significance of the transformation for the emergence of modern tort law.

Vanderbilt's Legal History Colloquium: Fall 2016

Here is the line-up in the Fall 2016 Legal History Colloquium at the Vanderbilt History Department, sponsored by Vandy’s College of Arts and Sciences. Folks outside the Vanderbilt community are invited and may contact Alexander I. Jacobs, PhD, Lecturer and Events Coordinator in the History Department, for more information.  [alexander.i.jacobs@vanderbilt.edu]

October 7, Benson 200, 3:10pm

Philip Thai, Assistant Professor of History, Northeastern University. “Legal Shades of Grey: Coastal Trafficking, Underground Markets, and Symbiotic Economies in Socialist China."

November 7, Benson 200, 3:10pm

Sara McDougall, Associate Professor, John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. “Bastards and Thrones in Medieval Europe, c.800-c.1230”

November 30, Benson 200, 3:10pm

Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor African American Studies, American Studies and History, Yale University, “Rape and Mutiny at Fort Jackson.”

December 7, Benson 200, 3:10 pm

Carla Masi Doria, Professor, Faculty of Jurisprudence, University of Naples Frederick II. “Freedwomen and the Senatus Consultum Claudianum:  Gender, Status, and Law in the Roman Empire.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

Law and Society Series at the University of Wisconsin Law School

Here's the line-up for the Law and Society Series at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The 2016-17 theme is legal history:

September 14, 2016: "Death and the War Power,"  Mary Dudziak, Emory University School of Law.

October 12, 2016: "Practicing Gradual Emancipation in New Jersey," Professor Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University.

October 19, 2016: "Eastminster - State-Formation and Asia's Deviations from Westminster," Harshan Kumarasingham, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.

October 26, 2016: Katherine Franke, Columbia Law School. Title TBA

March 8, 2017: Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School. Title TBA

April 12, 2017: Professor Ajay Mehrotra, American Bar Foundation Director and Northwestern University Law School. Title TBA

Call for Proposals: Law and Society Association 2017 Annual Meeting

The Law and Society Association has issued a Call for Proposals for its 2017 annual meeting (June 20-23 in Mexico City):
Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World

Our International meeting in 2017, jointly sponsored by the Law and Society Association, the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law, and with the participation of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Japanese Association of the Sociology of Law, and the Canadian Law and Society Association, and other groups, will take place in a great metropolis, Mexico City. This is our first meeting ever in Latin America, home of a rapidly growing, and impressive, law and society community. Mexico City itself has had a turbulent history. It was the capital of an empire, then of a colony, and then of an independent republic. Its legal system has changed dramatically with each turn of the wheel. It has a unique and rich tradition; a vibrant culture; but it also has faced issues of race, gender, and class; issues of human rights; issues of economic growth that are far more universal.

Walls and bridges: exclusion and inclusion. Everybody recognizes these two contradictory themes; they have a big role today in national politics, and national law; in international politics, and international law. A famous old statement had it that all politics is local; but today, all politics is, in some sense, global. If country A wants to close its borders, and close back in on itself, it is because it is reacting to turmoil outside its boundaries. Today, no wall can ever be high enough to shut out the forces that are shaping life in the 21st century, for better or for worse.

We think our field can help us understand that world, what makes it tick, where it has been, and where it is going. Our theme focusses on walls, borders, and bridges. But of course, we welcome all studies of law and society; empirical studies, no matter how small, no matter how local, can be tiles that fit into a larger mosaic; and many of these studies will be relevant to our theme, even when this relevance is a bit hard to see.. . . .
The Law and Society Association's Law & History CRN sends the following additional message:
The Law & History CRN (CRN 44) offers to help organize legal history panels for the annual meeting. If you have a paper you'd like to present, send your abstracts to us (email addresses below) by Oct. 10, which should give us enough time to organize papers into panels by the deadline.  

And if you are putting together a panel yourself, and would like us to sponsor it, please let us know, and feel free to note it as such in the LSA submission process.
We look forward to hearing from you; please let us know if you have any questions.


Joanna Grisinger
Associate Professor of Instruction
Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University

Kimberly Welch
Assistant Professor  
Department of History, Vanderbilt University  

Logan Sawyer
Associate Professor
University of Georgia Law School

Kathryn Schumaker
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Book Roundup

Just as everyone's schedules are getting busier, we have a particularly extensive roundup this week. Such is life in an ironic age, this blogger supposes.  Without further ado:

There are a couple of reviews of interest in the new issue of The Federal Lawyer.  Wendie Ellen Schneider's Engines of Truth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom is reviewed.  Also reviewed is Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen.

In the New York Times is a review of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson.  Thompson's timely work is described as a "superb work of history [with a] methodical mastery of interviews, transcripts, police reports and other documents."

In The Nation, Richard White reviews  An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe by Benjamin Madley.  Madley's work, and its naming of Indian policy in California from 1846 to 1873 as genocidal, is described by White "as a commanding one."  Based on White's review, it's evident that the history described in Madley's work is both utterly tragic and tremendously important.

At NPR is an interview with Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression.  (Scholars of welfare will be chagrined but not surprised to hear that relief officials refused to provide welfare recipients with mustard or relish "because they didn't want people to become too happy with receiving food relief.")

In The Guardian is a review of Gareth Stedman Jones' "exhaustive and staggeringly well-researched intellectual biography of Karl Marx," Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion. The large takeaway from this particular review is that Marx's own ideology was borne of a particular pre-1848 socio-intellectual milieu that made it rather distinctive from the derivative Marxist ideology that would emerge later in the century (i.e, context is important!).

In the Economist is a review of Daniel Beer's The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars.  Also in The Economist is a review of Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers, Jason Barr's economic history of the construction of Manhattan's skyline.

There are a number of reviews of interest on H-Net this week.  There is a review of Karin Lorene Zipf's Bad Girls at Samarcand: Sexuality and Sterilization in a Southern Juvenile Reformatory.  Robert Vitalis' White World Order, Black Power Politics: The Birth of American International Relations is also reviewed. Additionally, there is a review of the edited volume Why You Can't Teach United States History without American Indians.  Also reviewed is Kate Baldwin's The Racial Imaginary of the Cold War Kitchen: From Sokol'niki Park to Chicago's South Side.

Finally, Jennifer Mittelstadt's The Rise of the Military Welfare State is also reviewed on H-Net. Mittelstadt's history of the social welfare functions served and met by the U.S. army is described as, ultimately, "a frank discussion over the growing division of the sword and shield of the republic from a portion of the nation’s citizenry that also receives social welfare benefits."

A couple of interviews stood out over at the New Books Network.  Paula Fass was interviewed about her The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child.  Jason Stahl was interviewed about his (punnily named) Right Moves: The Conservative Think Tank in American Political Culture since 1945.

Finally, Yanni Kotsonis was interviewed by the New Books Network about his States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and Early Soviet Republic.  Historians of the state (in the US and elsewhere) may be interested in Kotsonis' research on the ways in which "fiscal reformers in imperial Russia used tax policies and their implementation to redefine the relationship between state and population, to develop concepts of national economies and private sectors, and to build an industry of information gathering crucial to a modern fiscal system."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekend Roundup

  • Mark S. Weiner reviews the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations” in the Journal of American History.  He describes the exhibit as “a model for public legal education.”
  • New Books in Law is seeking hosts to do podcast interviews with authors in law, legal history, and related fields. Interested? Contact Marshall Poe: marshallpoe@gmail.com  
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Behre on Berkovitz's "Protocols of Justice"

Over at H-France, Patricia Behre, Fairfield University, has published a very substantial and thoughtful review of Jay R. Berkovitz’s Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court 1771-1789 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014).  It commences:
Works of history often offer quite disparate gifts to the community of scholars they seek to reach. Transcribed, annotated, organized, and printed archival sources prove extraordinarily useful, if not particularly graceful. Their very blandness becomes a virtue, leaving the analysis for those who come later, often much later. Monographs dependent on close reading of archival sources can offer graceful, or even groundbreaking analysis, but are often more useful as springboards and correctives to other monograph writers, who must then grapple themselves with obscure, paleographically-challenging primary sources. In Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court, 1771-1789, Jay R. Berkovitz gives us both, a monumental archival source that should further the work of countless scholars in various fields of history, and a bold work of synthesis and analysis that challenges prevailing views and opens new lines of inquiry.
The entire review is here.

Ocean of Law II: Islamic Legal Crossings in the Indian Ocean World

[Via H-Law, we have the following CFP.]

Ocean of Law II: Islamic Legal Crossings in the Indian Ocean World, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 12-14 December, 2016.  Keynote speakers: Prof. Ronit Ricci, Australian National University, Dr. Iza Hussin, Cambridge University.  Deadline for abstracts:  15 September, 2016

After the successful conference, “Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean World” held at Leiden University in December 2015, most participants were enthusiastic about following it up with another event to further explore various aspects of legal interactions in the Indian Ocean world. The Ocean of Law II is a step towards that end.

We take up the same foundational questions that Ocean of Law-I raised: How did legal ideas and texts travel across borders? How did ideas and texts shape legal traditions and systems they encountered during their journey? How and why did legal cultures negotiate, influence and contest each other at the moments and sites of their interactions? However, in the Ocean of Law-II, we will focus on Islamic legal circulations across the Indian Ocean world. This field has been largely neglected by historians of Islamic law, Middle East specialists, and scholars of the Indian Ocean, despite South and Southeast Asia together being home to the largest Muslim population in the world. The unique predominance of Shāfiʿī school of Islamic law in this Indian Ocean rim has been a vital phenomenon in shaping many social, cultural, religious and political perspectives of its Muslim communities across centuries. Although the school was not predominant in the rim until the sixteenth century, it dominated the legal sphere while coexisting with many other legal systems within and outside Islam. We hope to unravel such nuances in a long-term historical perspective and/or with multi-cited ethnographic approaches.

Moving beyond the Middle East-centric analysis of Islamic law, this conference thus aims to explore the ways in which Muslim communities from the so-called “peripheries” of the Islamic world shaped their lives and thoughts within and beyond the juridical frameworks of their religion. The conference will focus on the encounters Islamic law made in the Indian Ocean region with local and imperial legal cultures (including texts, people, practices and institutions). Did Sharia historically matter in their lives, or were they only Muslims-by-name, as many Arab travellers and European colonial officers accused them through centuries? Did their “customs” dominate religion to such an extent that customary law received more prominence than Islamic law, as European scholars argued in the last century? More important, to what extent did Islamic law contribute to the making of different legal systems and the practices of different empires, states and communities in the Indian Ocean rim? How did it appeal to the legal practitioners and religious followers in East, Southeast and South Asia, and East and South Africa? What impact did the increasing mobility of Islamic legal ideas, texts and jurists across the Indian Ocean world have on the trans-formation of Muslim legal thoughts and practices across these regions? How did European colonial empires codify Islamic law in the last few centuries and how did their perception of the law affect or effect Muslim legal practices in the rim?

ASLH 2016 Toronto

We recently noticed that the preliminary program of the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History, October 27-30, 2016, in Toronto, is available hereLauren Benton, Vanderbilt University, is to deliver the plenary, “Legal Panics and the Constitution of Empire.” Time to register for the conference and make those hotel and travel reservations if you haven't already done so!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oral History of the Brazilian Supreme Court

[We have the following announcement.]

On September 2nd, 2016, FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro will release volumes 11 to 15 of its Oral History of the Brazilian Supreme Court project - in cooperation with FGV Law School São Paulo and CPDOC - FGV's History and Social Sciences Department.

The project has interviewed 20 former and current Supreme Court justices about their lives, careers, path towards the Court, and most important cases. It is a unique historical record to study Brazilian legal elites, the late 1980s transition from military dictatorship to democracy, the Supreme Court's recent history, etc.

So far, the project has produced almost 100 hours of interviews. Books with each interview are also published. But everything is available online, licenced in Creative Commons, open access to everyone. . . .

On September 2nd, the interviews with justices Luís Roberto Barroso, Luiz Fux, Ilmar Galvão, Moreira Alves and Francisco Rezek will be made available. The justices, in addition to justices Nelson Jobim (who also coordinated the project) and Eros Grau, will be at FGV Rio's Cultural Center at 11 am, discussing the Supreme Court's history. The event is open to the public.

Rose, "Authors in Court: Scenes from the Theater of Copyright"

New from Harvard University Press: Authors in Court: Scenes from the Theater of Copyright (June 2016), by Mark Rose (University of California, Santa Barbara). A description from the Press:
Through a series of vivid case studies, Authors in Court charts the 300-year-long dance between authorship and copyright that has shaped each institution’s response to changing social norms of identity, privacy, and celebrity. Authors’ self-presentations in court are often inflected by prevailing concepts of propriety and respectability. And judges, for their part, have not been immune to the reputation and standing of the authors who have appeared before them in legal dramas.
Some authors strut their roles on the public stage. For example, Napoleon Sarony—the nineteenth-century photographer whose case established that photographs might be protected as works of art—was fond of marching along Broadway dressed in a red fez and high-top campaign boots, proclaiming his special status as a celebrity. Others, such as the reclusive J. D. Salinger, enacted their dramas precisely by shrinking from attention. Mark Rose’s case studies include the flamboyant early modern writer Daniel Defoe; the self-consciously genteel poet Alexander Pope; the nineteenth-century abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe; the once-celebrated early twentieth-century dramatist Anne Nichols, author of Abie’s Irish Rose; and the provocative contemporary artist Jeff Koons.
These examples suggest not only how social forms such as gender and gentility have influenced the self-presentation of authors in public and in court but also how the personal styles and histories of authors have influenced the development of legal doctrine.
A few blurbs:
A literary historian by training, Rose is completely at home in the world of law, as well as the history of photography and art. This is the work of an interdisciplinary scholar at the height of his powers. The arguments are sophisticated and the elegant text is a work of real craftsmanship. It is superb.Lionel Bently

Authors in Court is well-written, erudite, informative, and engaging throughout. As the chapters go along, we see the way that personalities inflect the supposedly impartial law; we see the role of gender in authorial self-fashioning; we see some of the fault lines which produce litigation; and we get a nice history of the evolution of the fair use doctrine. This is a book that should at least be on reserve for any IP–related course. Going forward, no one writing about any of the cases Rose discusses can afford to ignore his contribution.—Lewis Hyde
More information is available here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Call for Legal History Workshops/Symposia

Look, we hate those annual communications that unintentionally herald the start of the academic year as much as you do, but bloggers gotta do what bloggers gotta do.  LHB invites the organizers of legal history workshops, symposia, and lecture series to send us your schedules for the 2016-17 academic year.  Please be sure to indicate whether they are open to non-members of your academic institution and, if so, a contact for potential attendees.

Coan on Old and New Originalism, 1970-2015

Andrew Coan, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, has posted Living Constitutional Theory:
Recent work has questioned the dichotomy between living constitutionalism and originalism on the ground that our understanding of what is “original” is itself a changing phenomenon. It is not just understandings of constitutional history, however, that evolve over time. It is also understandings of the role that history ought to play in constitutional interpretation and adjudication. Indeed, the two evolutionary processes are intertwined in complex ways. In this Essay, I sketch a brief, stylized narrative explaining how this dynamic has played out in U.S. constitutional theory over the past five decades. The upshot is that constitutional theory, no less than constitutional doctrine or constitutional history, lives. On some level, everybody understands this. But at any given time, it is far from the forefront of consciousness for most constitutional theorists. This Essay is a reminder and a call for greater self-consciousness.
H/t: Legal Theory Blog

Gaffield, ed., The Haitian Declaration of Independence

We missed this one back in January: The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy (University of Virginia Press, 2016), edited by Julia Gaffield (Georgia State University). A description from the Press:
While the Age of Revolution has long been associated with the French and American Revolutions, increasing attention is being paid to the Haitian Revolution as the third great event in the making of the modern world. A product of the only successful slave revolution in history, Haiti’s Declaration of Independence in 1804 stands at a major turning point in the trajectory of social, economic, and political relations in the modern world. This declaration created the second independent country in the Americas and certified a new genre of political writing. Despite Haiti’s global significance, however, scholars are only now beginning to understand the context, content, and implications of the Haitian Declaration of Independence.
This collection represents the first in-depth, interdisciplinary, and integrated analysis by American, British, and Haitian scholars of the creation and dissemination of the document, its content and reception, and its legacy. Throughout, the contributors use newly discovered archival materials and innovative research methods to reframe the importance of Haiti within the Age of Revolution and to reinterpret the declaration as a founding document of the nineteenth-century Atlantic World.
The authors offer new research about the key figures involved in the writing and styling of the document, its publication and dissemination, the significance of the declaration in the creation of a new nation-state, and its implications for neighboring islands. The contributors also use diverse sources to understand the lasting impact of the declaration on the country more broadly, its annual celebration and importance in the formation of a national identity, and its memory and celebration in Haitian Vodou song and ceremony. Taken together, these essays offer a clearer and more thorough understanding of the intricacies and complexities of the world’s second declaration of independence to create a lasting nation-state.
A few blurbs:
"A terrific book—timely and original. The boom in Haitian revolutionary studies (which has been shaped in critical ways by many of the authors in this collection) is producing a new wave of English-language work on post-independence Haiti. This book addresses this growing interest in the early Haitian state and the legacies of the Haitian Revolution not just in the Atlantic World but in Haiti itself. A very strong, interesting collection with broad appeal." —Ada Ferrer
"This landmark collection offers the first detailed examination of one of the most neglected documents in modern world history. Julia Gaffield and the other contributors offer a comprehensive account of the creation, meaning, and legacy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence. The essays demonstrate both Haiti’s deep links with the Atlantic World and the distinctiveness of the Haitian case." -- Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall
It looks like JSTOR subscribers may access full content here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mayeri on Unwed Fathers and Parental Rights in the 70s and 80s

Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School, has posted Foundling Fathers: (Non-)Marriage and Parental Rights in the Age of Equality, which is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal 125 (2016): 2292-2392:
The twentieth-century equality revolution established the principle of sex neutrality in the law of marriage and divorce and eased the most severe legal disabilities traditionally imposed upon nonmarital children. Formal equality under the law eluded nonmarital parents, however. Although unwed fathers won unprecedented legal rights and recognition in a series of Supreme Court cases decided in the 1970s and 1980s, they failed to achieve constitutional parity with mothers or with married and divorced fathers. This Article excavates nonmarital fathers’ quest for equal rights, until now a mere footnote in the history of constitutional equality law.

Unmarried fathers lacked a social movement of their own, but various groups and interests fought for their own causes on the battleground of nonmarital parenthood. Nonmarital fathers’ claims posed a particular dilemma for feminists, who promoted gender-egalitarian parenting within marriage but struggled over the implications of unmarried fathers’ rights for women’s autonomy and for substantive sex equality. The Justices’ deliberations, in contrast, focused on the rights of men and on ensuring the smooth functioning of adoption procedures. The Court largely avoided the feminist dilemma, instead framing cases as disputes between husbands and unwed fathers. Denying nonmarital fathers’ request to be treated as “de facto divorced fathers,” the Court reaffirmed the legal supremacy of marital families.

The Court’s failure to engage difficult questions about substantive sex equality reverberated beyond the parental rights cases to leave its mark on the twenty-first century jurisprudence of citizenship. As nonmarital parenthood becomes the American norm, recovering its constitutional history illuminates how and why marital status still delimits the boundaries of equality law.

Gould on Wilson v. Hughes: "The First Modern Clash Over Federal Power"

New from the University Press of Kansas: The First Modern Clash over Federal Power: Wilson versus Hughes in the Presidential Election of 1916 (2016), by Lewis L. Gould (University of Texas). Here's a description from the Press:
Fully examined for the first time in this engrossing book by one of America’s preeminent presidential scholars, the election that pitted Woodrow Wilson against Charles Evan Hughes emerges as a clear template for the partisan differences of the modern era. The 1916 election dramatically enacted the two parties’ fast-evolving philosophies about the role and reach of federal power. Lewis Gould reveals how, even more than in the celebrated election of 1912, the parties divided along class-based lines in 1916, with the Wilson campaign in many respects anticipating the New Deal while the Republicans adopted the small government, anti-union, and anti-regulation positions they have embraced ever since. The Republicans dismissed Wilson’s 1912 win as a fluke, the result of Theodore Roosevelt’s “Progressive” apostasy splitting the party. But in US Supreme Court Justice Hughes, whose electoral prowess had been proven in two successful runs for governor of New York, the Republicans had anointed a flawed campaigner whose missteps in California sealed his fate very late in the election. Wilson’s strong performance as the head of a united Democratic government (for the first time since 1894), along with Americans’ uncertainty about the outbreak of war in Europe, led to victory.

Along with the ins and outs of the race itself, Gould’s book explores the election’s broader meaning—as, for the first time, the popular election of the Senate coincided with a presidential election, and the women’s suffrage movement gathered steam. The year 1916 also marked the restoration of a two-party competition for president and, as we see in this enlightening book, the beginning of the two-party battle for the hearts and minds of Americans that continues to this day.
There are a number of nice blurbs, but for our readers, this one jumps out:
"Few living historians know as much about the presidency during the Theodore Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson eras as Lew Gould. With this sprightly and absorbing book, he takes us back to an understudied election that proved pivotal for the future of democracy, the Democratic and Republican parties, the Executive Branch, and war and peace. Highly recommended!"—Laura Kalman
More information is available here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

AJLH: New Online

The American Journal of Legal History has published a new article and two book reviews online.  The article is Federal Coercion and National Constitutional Identity in the United States 1776-1861, by Pekka Pohjankoski:
This article examines the development of the federal coercion power of the U.S. government during the period from the Declaration of Independence to the Civil War. Although unhappy with the states’ defiance of federal requisitions, the Founders agreed at the Constitutional Convention that the national government should not have the power to coerce individual states militarily to force them into compliance with federal law. Instead, a federal judiciary was created to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution. As part of the new constitutional makeup, the federal government now had the power to coerce individuals, rendering the coercion of states unnecessary. However, in the pre-Civil War era, federal law was frequently disregarded by certain states. The question hence became whether the federal government could de facto coerce states by coercing individuals. These debates intensified during the South Carolina Nullification Crisis, and culminated on the eve of the Civil War, as the southern states declared their intent to secede from the Union. These multiple instances of state defiance and the eventual use of federal coercive force consolidated the new constitutional arrangement. The emergence of a distinctly national constitutional identity thus paralleled the evolution of the federal power of coercion.
The two book reviews are Melvin I. Urofsky, Dissent and the Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court’s History and the Nation’s Constitutional Dialogue, reviewed by Linda Przybyszewski; and Reuel Schiller, Forging Rivals: Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Postwar Liberalism, reviewed by Arthur F. McEvoy

Hartog on Gradual Emancipation

Over at Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians, Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University, has posted Learning from the Legal Culture of Gradual Emancipation, or, Misled by the Thirteenth Amendment.  It begins:
For some historians, the recurrent debates about the relationship of our “Framers” to slavery and abolition are irritating at best. What those few white men—preeminently Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson—thought and wrote about the presence of slavery is, of course, important. Their words live on and may still play a part in shaping our political culture. But what interests social and cultural historians is how lives were led, even as sentiments were expressed. What did it mean to live in a regime of gradual emancipation, for example in Hamilton’s New York, at the beginning of the nineteenth century? And why should we care about the contradictions that shaped their lives?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday book roundup

Too hot to go to that conference?  Or pick up the draft of that essay?  Or, let alone, go for that run!?   Legal historians looking to beat the heat will enjoy these book reviews.

In The Guardian, Colin Kidd reviews Continental Drift by Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon, a diplomat in the US State Department and former academic. In this history of Britain’s uneasy relationship with European unity projects since WWII, Grob-Fitzgibbon “emphasises the ways in which the empire and Commonwealth influenced Britain’s relationship with the European project.” 

In the same publication, Julia Lovell examines The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976, which is final volume in Frank Dikotter’s history of communism in China reveals the brutality and caprice of Mao's final years. Dikotter makes “more intensive use of evidence drawn from China’s local archives,” which many historians have ignored. He explores the capitalist aspects of the Cultural Revolution, and tracks growth of a private economy during the 1970s, “China’s reddest decade.” (Dikotter describes ’70s China--albeit more briefly--in this month’s issue of History Today).

In the Times Literary Supplement, Mark Roseman reviews Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949, by the late historian David Cesarani. Cesarani not only “incorporates a wide swathe of recent work into an accessible narrative” but illustrates the “shifting, often unanticipated, and improvised character of anti-Jewish policies,” making it a text of interest for legal historians of mid-century Europe and the Holocaust.

John Strausbaugh’s “City of Sedition” is reviewed by Harold Holzer in the Wall St. Journal,. The book chronicles New York City’s city’s “violent” opposition to Lincoln, Unionism and emancipation. Strausbaugh, says Holzer, “finds the roots of its disloyalty sowed in a zeal for pre-war, conscience-free commerce with the South, which spawned a convenient moral indifference to slavery, which was nourished by blatant racism.” The book is also reviewed in the New York Times, Vice and Newsweek, which carries an excerpt. Legal historians of a naval persuasion might enjoy the Journal’s review of George C. Daughan’s Revolution on the Hudson and Eric Lee’s Operation Basalt: The British Raid on Sark and Hitler's Commando Order.

Also in the New York Times, one can read about Carlos M. N. Eire’s Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 and Jeffrey Toobin’s book about Patty Hearst. Want another take on Toobin, Hearst and the “the madness of the ’70s”? Kate Tuttle reviews the book in the LA Times, and in The New Republic, Malcolm Harris wonders why Toobin “refuses to take her radical beliefs seriously.”
Legal historians may also enjoy the New Books Network’s coverage of two new books on voting and voting rights in America (Zachary Roth’s The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy’s Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State) might be of interest to some legal historians.

H-Net has reviews of Elie Podeh’s Chances for Peace: Missed Opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Stephen M. Saideman, R. William Ayres. For Kin or Country: Xenophobia, Nationalism, and War, and Security: Dialogue across Disciplines, edited by Philippe Bourbeau.

Finally, The Huffington Post’s Suggested Reading List for Donald Trump includes submissions from legal historian Robert W. Gordon (who says “I’m thinking of Edmund Morris’ three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt … and of James MacGregor Burns’ biography of Franklin Roosevelt”). The impending election also looms large in Max Bloom’s review of Harold H. Bruff’s Untrodden Ground: How Presidents Interpret the Constitution.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Weekend Roundup

  • ConSource’s 7th annual Constitution Day Lecture is a conversation with Judge Robert Katzmann, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Emily Gold Waldman, Pace University School of Law, in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium of the New-York Historical Society at 8:30 on Thursday, September 15, 2016.  The topic is Judging Statutes: Interpreting Congress’ Laws Under the Constitution.
  • The Socio-Legal Review, “a student-edited, peer-reviewed journal which is published by the Law and Society Committee, National Law School of India University, Bangalore,” invites submissions for its its thirteenth volume to be published in two issues in 2017.
  • Seth Barrett Tillman teases a project on the Presidential Succession Act of 1947.
  • The American University International Law Review vol.31(2) features articles by Arudra Burra, Dinusha Panditaratne, Kalyani Ramnath, and Umakanth Varottil on the colonial continuities debate in South Asian legal studies.
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

A New Edition of Blackstone

Just published is the Oxford Edition of Blackstone: Commentaries on the Laws of England, prepared under he general editorship of Wilfrid Prest, Professor Emeritus of History and of Law at the University of Adelaide:
Oxford's variorum edition of William Blackstone's seminal treatise on the common law of England and Wales offers the definitive account of the Commentaries' development in a modern format. For the first time it is possible to trace the evolution of English law and Blackstone's thought through the eight editions of Blackstone's lifetime, and the authorial corrections of the posthumous ninth edition. Introductions by the general editor and the volume editors set the Commentaries in their historical context, examining Blackstone's distinctive view of the common law, and editorial notes throughout the four volumes assist the modern reader in understanding this key text in the Anglo-American common law tradition.
Book I: Of the Rights of People                     Book II: Of the Rights of Things
Volume Editor: David Lemmings                 Volume Editor: Simon Stern

Book III: Of Private Wrongs                          Book IV: Of Public Wrongs
Volume Editor: Thomas P. Gallanis             Volume Editor: Ruth Paley

The University of Adelaide’s press release is here.

Monti on German Legal Thought and Italian Law Teaching

Annamaria Monti, Bocconi University, Department of Law, has posted “Interdisciplinary” Legal Studies and the Emergence of New Academic Teachings: A Research Project on Law Courses in 19th-20th Century Italy, which appears (in English) in CIAN: Revista de Historia de las Universidades 19 (2016): 91-113:
The profound change in thinking about the law experienced by European jurists at the turning of the 20th century is well known: they renewed their methods, also through the influence of German legal thought and the impact of new social sciences. Focusing on the Italian experience, the research intends to investigate how this innovative change was linked to the teaching of law. Most certainly, new courses were introduced. Concerning the contents of the teachings, another point to investigate are the connections with the legal thought circulating at a transnational level in those times.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Howell on Street Gangs

James C. Howell, National Gang Center, has published The History of Street Gangs in the United States: their origins and transformations with Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield). From the press:
This book is an historical account of the emergence of youth gangs and thetransformation of these into street gangs in the United States. The author traces the emergence of these gangs in the four major geographical regions over the span of two centuries, from the early 1800s to 2012. The author’s authoritative analysis explains gang emergence and expansion from play groups to heavily armed street gangs responsible for a large proportion of urban crimes, including drive-by shootings that often kill innocent bystanders. Nationwide, street gangs now account for 1 in 6 homicides each year, and for 1 in 4 in very large cities. In recent years, the number of gangs, gang members, and gang homicides increased, even though the U.S. has seen a sharp drop in violent and property crimes over the past decade. 

The author’s historical analysis reveals the key contributing factors to transformation of youth gangs, including social disorganization that occurred following large-scale immigration early in American history and urban policies that pushed minorities to inner city areas and public housing projects. This analysis includes the influence of prison gangs on street gangs. The first generation of prison gangs emerged spontaneously in response to dangers inside prisons. The second generation was for many years extensions of street gangs that grew enormously during the 1980s and 1990s, particularly in large urban areas in which public housing projects have served as incubators for street gangs. The third generation of prison gangs is extremely active in street-level criminal enterprises in varied forms, often highly structured and well managed organizations that are actively involved in drug trafficking. In recent years, returning inmates are a predominant influence on local gang violence. Now, prison gangs and street gangs often work together in street-level criminal enterprises. 

This book identifies the most promising ways that gang violence can be reduced. The best long-term approach is a combination of gang prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies and programs. Targeted suppression of gang violence is imperative. Street-workers that serve as violence interrupters can break the cycle of contagious gang violence. 
Praise after the jump.

Davies on Taft on Law as a Vocation

Ross E. Davies, George Mason University-Antonin Scalia Law School, has posted Debate and Switch: William Howard Taft on Law As a Vocation, Journal of Law  6 (2016): 1:
William Howard Taft, 1908 (LC)
Were William Howard Taft’s shifting views on the proper roles and supply of lawyers really just manifestations of crass professional self-interest? Did President Taft talk trash about lawyers in Congress to get a leg up on policy competitors without regard to the collateral effects of America’s most powerful lawyer impugning the integrity of a whole category of other powerful lawyers? Did Professor Taft write enthusiastically about careers in law to a generation of young Americans serving their country in World War I knowing full well – at least according to himself just three years later – that back home the nation was already oversupplied with lawyers? (A ploy known to a later generation as a law school scam.) And did Chief Justice Taft demean as incompetent and unnecessary many members of the bar – those who lacked a college education, at a time when access to higher education was far more limited than it is today – in order to prop up the profession for those who already had (or would be able to get) a college degree? Or, instead, was Taft getting wiser with age? Or were his views shifting in keeping with changing times? Or did someone or some new idea trigger a shift? Reasonable minds can differ about the answers, but Taft himself could have made it easy. He could have explained himself – why he was reversing, or at least refining, his thinking. Or how circumstances had changed while his thinking had not. Isn’t that what good leaders (and scholars and judges) do?
H/t: Legal Theory Blog

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NEH Next Generation Grants Announced

We learned yesterday that the National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its annual grants, including those from a new Next Generation program that seeks to encourage reconfiguration of graduate education to better prepare doctoral students for non-academic as well as academic careers.  University of Chicago, University of Delaware, and Duke University received implementation grants of up to $350,000; twenty-five institutions received planning grants of up to $25,000.  Duke’s press release is here; a (gated) story in the Chronicle of Higher Education is here.

Cheng on "How Eighteen-Year-Olds Got the Vote"

Jenny Diamond Cheng (Vanderbilt University) has posted "How Eighteen-Year-Olds Got the Vote." Here's the abstract:
Recent legal challenges to state voter ID laws have raised pressing questions about the correct interpretation of the constitutional amendment that guarantees eighteen-year-olds the right to vote. The Twenty-sixth Amendment, which was ratified in 1971, lowered the minimum voting age from twenty-one to eighteen. This Article offers a new, urgently needed comprehensive political history of the amendment's origins. Drawing on exhaustive primary source research, the piece traces the story of eighteen-year-old voting from World War II to the present and demonstrates that the story of eighteen-year-old voting is far more complicated that is commonly thought. This Article argues that the motives and rationales both for and against eighteen-year-old voting shifted over time and were always deeply embedded in their particular historical moments. As such, the history of the Twenty-sixth Amendment poses a challenge to those who would look to original intent to interpret it.
Hat tip: Legal Theory Blog

Brophy's "University, Court, and Slave"

Out this month from OUP is University, Court, and Slave: Pro-Slavery Thought in Southern Colleges and Courts and the Coming of Civil War, by Alfred L. Brophy, University of North Carolina School of Law:
University, Court, and Slave reveals long-forgotten connections between pre-Civil War southern universities and slavery. Universities and their faculty owned people-sometimes dozens of people-and profited from their labor while many slaves endured physical abuse on campuses. The profits of enslaved labor helped pay for education, and faculty and students at times actively promoted the institution. They wrote about the history of slavery, argued for its central role in the southern economy, and developed a political theory that justified slavery. The university faculty spoke a common language of economic utility, history, and philosophy with those who made the laws for the southern states. Their extensive writing promoting slavery helps us understand how southern politicians and judges thought about the practice.

As Alfred L. Brophy shows, southern universities fought the emancipation movement for economic reasons, but used history, philosophy, and law in an attempt to justify their position. Indeed, as the antislavery movement gained momentum, southern academics and their allies in the courts became bolder in their claims. Some went so far as to say that slavery was supported by natural law. The combination of economic reasoning and historical precedent helped shape a southern, proslavery jurisprudence. Following Lincoln's November 1860 election, southern academics joined politicians, judges, lawyers, and other leaders in arguing that their economy and society was threatened. Southern jurisprudence led them to believe that any threats to slavery and property justified secession.

Bolstered by the courts, academics took their case to the southern public-and ultimately to the battlefield-to defend slavery. A path-breaking and deeply researched history of southern universities' investment in and defense of slavery, University, Court, and Slave will fundamentally transform our understanding of the institutional foundations of pro-slavery thought.
Professor Brophy discusses his book here.  TOC here; endorsements after the jump.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Telman on Marshall, Thomas and Higher Law

D. A. Jeremy Telman, Valparaiso University Law School, has posted The African-American Interest in Higher Law in the Supreme Court: Justices Marshall and Thomas, which is forthcoming in the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal:
This paper was written for a Festschrift in honor of Henry J. Richardson III. It reviews the constitutional jurisprudence of Justices Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas from the perspective of Professor Richardson’s presentation of an African-American interest in higher law. Both African America Supreme Court Justices’ constitutional jurisprudence is informed by higher law norms as well as by positive law. The paper contrasts Justice Marshall’s approach, which evaluates legal norms in particular socio-legal contexts, with Justice Thomas’s principled adherence to procedural rules. The paper contends that Professor Richardson’s approach to legal history better accords with Justice Marshall’s methodology, which is the approach most likely to result in the realization of African-American interests in legal recognition and vindication of substantive rights.
H/t: Legal Theory Blog

Cau on Corporatism in Italian Legal and Political Culture after WW2

Maurizio Cau, Istituto storico italo-germanicoas has posted, auf Deutsch, The Heritage of Corporatism in Second Post-war Legal and Political Italian Culture.  Here is the English abstract:
The day after the fascist regime’s breakdown, the corporatism’s doctrinal heritage was overcome by the “clearing the past” politics carried out by the Italian political and intellectual world, looking for a cultural and institutional breaking with authoritarianism.

Nevertheless, thought on corporatism influenced the public discourse in the newborn republic. In Italy the process of transition between totalitarian and democratic constitutional culture went also through the critical elaboration of corporatism.

In the immediate second post-war not everyone looked at the abandonment of corporatism with relief. Among that season’s protagonists there was also who deplored the treason of original ideals, trying to rebuild those doctrines in a democratic frame.

The research will focus on the permanency of corporative issues during the very first years of the republican experience. The deliberations of the Constituent Assembly themselves show how vivid suggestions on corporative social framework and political obligation still were.

A particularly interesting topic is the reflection that took shape within the catholic political and legal culture, that in late 19th century produced the corporative reflection and during the Fascist period expressed – in its less compromised with fascism components – its discomfort for a statist and not authentically organicist corporatism.

The abandon of the corporative theoretical horizon was a quick but hard experience, that deserves deeper attention by historical research.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rotman on Canada's Fusion of Law and Equity

Leonard I. Rotman, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, has posted The “Fusion” of Law and Equity?: A Canadian Perspective on the Substantive, Jurisdictional, or Non-Fusion of Legal and Equitable Matters, which appears in the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law 2 (2016): 1-40:
Equity, in its broad understanding, has long been a fundamental part of law. Its history may be traced through principles illustrated in the Old Testament and, in various formulations, through Ancient Greek and Roman legal constructs, as well as in Natural Law and Canon Law. While the historic presence of equity within various systems of law is unquestioned, the jurisdiction of equity within contemporary legal systems has been a matter of significant debate and confusion. Facilitating a better understanding of the contemporary role of equity requires knowledge of its meaning and the implications of the historic merger of legal and equitable jurisdictions. This paper establishes a framework for appreciating the contemporary challenges faced by equity by examining the Supreme Court of Canada’s analysis of the merger of legal and equitable jurisdictions in two major cases involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty: Canson Enterprises Ltd v Boughton & Co and Hodgkinson v Simms. The inconsistent application of equitable principles in these cases demonstrates the court’s confusion over the effects of the historic merger of law and equity and offers a valuable perspective for the administration of justice in contemporary law.


[We have the following announcement.]

We invite submissions for short articles concerning law in the early modern or modern Ottoman Empire, for publication on SHARIAsource, a digital project based at Harvard Law School and directed by Prof. Intisar Rabb, that will be launched in late 2016.

SHARIAsource is an online research portal to collect and house primary sources and commentary on Islamic law. It is designed to be both a reference for scholars and a reliable resource for people outside the academy: lawyers, journalists, policy-makers, activists, and so on. Articles published by SHARIAsource will be blind peer-reviewed and meet the highest scholarly standards, but should also be accessible to non-specialists.

For more details, an article on SHARIAsource was published last year in the Harvard Magazine.

Currently, we would like short articles (approx. 1500-3000 words) on any subject related to law, judicial institutions and legal practices in the Ottoman Empire since 1450. We accept submissions in any relevant scholarly discipline.

There are various potential formats for the article:
  • A primary source, such as a sijill entry or other legal document, in English translation with commentary.
  • A summary of a journal article or book that you have published recently, detailing its argument and conclusions.
  • An article on a key controversy in Ottoman legal studies.
  • An article on a key event or trend in Ottoman legal history (for example, the 1876 Ottoman Constitution)
  • An article on a key concept (for example, kānūn, or citizenship)
  • An article on a significant jurist or other actor in Ottoman legal history.
Feel free to suggest other formats as well.

As the above suggests, articles submitted to SHARIAsource need not be original research in their own right, but they should be based on original research. SHARIAsource aims to expand access to existing scholarship as well as facilitate new research.

By contributing to SHARIAsource, you will help to inform the global public debate on Islamic law, and you will also be able to raise the profile of your published work, connect with people inside and outside the academy and forge interesting new collaborations.

Please send submissions relevant to the period 1450-1839 to James Baldwin at james.baldwin@rhul.ac.uk, and submissions relevant to the period 1839-1924 to Will Smiley at smileyw@reed.edu.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Book Roundup

This week's roundup features, yet again, a heterogeneous assortment of reviews.

In the New York Times is a provocatively critical review of Andrew Scott Cooper's pro-Pahlavi The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran.  Also reviewed is John Strausbaugh's City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War.  

In the Washington Post, Daniel Kanstroom raises a number of questions about the history of discretionary deportation in his review of John Lennon vs. The U.S.A.: The Inside Story of the Most Bitterly Contested and Influential Deportation Case in United States History.  Also in the Washington Post is a review of The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan.

On H-Net this week is a review of Daniel Richter's Native Americans' Pennsylvania.  Also on H-net is a review of Mario Jimenez Sifuentez's Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest.   Finally, there is a review of Lennard J. Davis' Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights.

This week the New Books Network carries several interviews of potential interest:  Eric Schickler is interviewed about his Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965.  Jon Hale is interviewed about his The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.  Finally, there is an interview with Russell Rickford about his We Are An African People: Independent Education, Black Power and the Radical Imagination.

The Times Literary Supplement has published a review essay on Thomas Laqueur's The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains.

The Atlantic has as extended essay reflecting upon Nancy Isenberg's White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.

In the New York Review of Books is a review of Robert J. Gordon's economic history of productivity in the United States, The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The US Standard of Living Since the Civil War

History Today carries a review of Heyday: Britain and the Birth of the Modern World by Ben Wilson.

N+1 has a review of Andrew J. Bacevich's America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.

For the tired academic (or person), the New Republic's review of Anna Schaffner's Exhaustion: A History may prove enlightening (and perhaps enlivening) Sunday reading.

For thoughtful and timely commentary on the history of Rio and the IOC, Public Books has a joint review of Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink and Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics by Jules Boykoff.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Weekend Roundup

  • The National Constitution Center has posted a three-part podcast with Sidney Blumenthal, William Forbath, and Sean Wilentz on political parties and the Constitution: an introduction plus constitutional histories of the Republican and Democratic Parties.
  • Yesterday, Dylan Penningroth and associates and fellows of the American Bar Foundation presented Civil Rights Advocacy: Past, Present and Future as one of several ABF events during the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco.
  • The Call for Panels is now out for the Commission on Legal Pluralism's conference, "Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the Age of Globalization" in a year's time (Aug.9-11, 2017) in Syracuse, NY. The deadline is Sept. 30, 2016. 
  • Proclaiming Emancipation, an exhibit drawn from the William L. Clements Library, “with select items from collaborating institutions,” is now open at the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center.
Weekend Roundup is a weekly feature compiled by all the Legal History bloggers.