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The Yale Law School Guide to Research in American Legal History

John B Nann and Morris L Cohen


The study of legal history has a broad application that extends well beyond the interests of legal historians. An attorney arguing a case today may need to cite cases that are decades or even centuries old, and historians studying political or cultural history often encounter legal issues that affect their main subjects. Both groups need to understand the laws and legal practices of past eras. Law plays an important part in the political and social history of the United States. As such, researchers interested in almost every aspect of American life will have occasion to use legal materials. Th ... More

Keywords: legal history, legal practices, legal historians, U.S. legal system, legal authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300118537
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300118537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John B Nann, author
Yale Law School

Morris L Cohen, author
Yale Law School