By M. H. Hoeflich
Criminal Publishing in Antebellum the USA offers a background of the legislation publication publishing and distribution within the usa. half company historical past, half criminal background, half historical past of knowledge diffusion, M. H. Hoeflich exhibits how quite a few advancements in printing and bookbinding, the advent of railroads, and the growth of mail carrier contributed to the expansion of the from an basically neighborhood to a countrywide undefined. in addition, the booklet ties the unfold of a selected method of legislations, that's, the "scientific approach," championed by way of Northeastern American jurists to the expansion of legislations publishing and legislations e-book promoting and indicates that the 2 have been significantly intertwined.
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Books provided the authorities that lawyers could cite in their briefs, on which they could model their documents, and with which they could persuade judges and juries. Books provided the authorities and doctrines by which judges, often with little learning of their own, could decide cases in a consistent and fair manner – to the relief of commercial litigants. Books provided the materials for scientiﬁc legal instruction at law schools and thereby a way for these law schools to differentiate themselves from the apprenticeship system.
Earlier children’s books tended to be quite critical of the legal profession; see Kimball, True Professional Ideal, pp. 111–12; see also M. H. Hoeﬂich, “Law in the Republican Classroom,” University of Kansas Law Review 43 (1995): 711–34. Harvard is the best example because of Joseph Story, author of a series of Commentaries on subjects such as bailments, agency, conﬂict of laws, equity, equity pleading, and constitutional law, and Simon Greenleaf, whose Treatise on Evidence was the ﬁrst systematic work on this basic subject in the United States.
It was a small beginning, and one that took several decades to grow into an industry – but it was a beginning nonetheless. 83 America needed poets, dramatists, historians, novelists. It was a source of shame to be dependent on the literary culture of England. Patriotic Americans had an obligation to fashion a new literature suitable for a new, republican nation. This was true, as well, for legal literature. It would become a matter of national pride to have homegrown authors of all stripes. 84 But such a national literature could not develop 81 82 83 84 See Chapter 5.
Legal Publishing in Antebellum America by M. H. Hoeflich