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The Colorado Doctrine$
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David Schorr

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300134476

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300134476.001.0001

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The Sources of the Colorado Appropriation Doctrine

The Sources of the Colorado Appropriation Doctrine

(p.9) Chapter 2 The Sources of the Colorado Appropriation Doctrine
The Colorado Doctrine

David Schorr

Yale University Press

This chapter presents a new account of Colorado's mining district laws, generally considered to be the font of the state's appropriation doctrine. It explores the ideological background of, and precedents for, both the miners' codes and the appropriation doctrine. It argues that the Colorado rules advanced certain ideals of distributive justice, as part of a broader nineteenth-century agrarian reform movement in American law and politics.

Keywords:   Colorado, mining district laws, distributive justice, agrarian reform, American law

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