"Legal historians, and social historians as well, will be indebted to this monograph for the light it sheds upon the transformation of American law and for the responses of legal institutions to the changing economic ethos of a dynamic society."
—American Journal of Legal History
"A subtle analysis of the transforming effects of the American Revolution on the development of American society . . . It will be important for anyone interested in the origins of modern America, for while the technical legal scholarship is masterful, the controlling ideas are not narrowly legal but broadly historical and imaginative, and the writing throughout is clear and concise."
For this edition, Nelson has written a new preface in which he discusses the book's initial reception and the relevant historiographical issues that have arisen since it was first published in 1975.
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