A Judgment for Solomon
The d'Hauteville Case and Legal Experience in Antebellum America
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Judgment for Solomon by Michael Grossberg
Book DescriptionA Judgment for Solomon tells the story of the d'Hauteville case, a controversial child custody battle fought in 1840. It uses the story of one couple's bitter fight over their son to explore some timebound and timeless features of American legal culture. In a narrative analysis, it recounts how marital woes led Ellen and Gonzalve d'Hauteville into what Alexis de Tocqueville called the 'shadow of the law'. Their multiple legal experiences culminated in an eagerly followed Philadelphia trial that sparked a national debate over the legal rights and duties of mothers and fathers, and husbands and wives. The story of the d'Hauteville case explains why popular trials become 'precedents of legal experience' - mediums for debates about highly contested social issues. It also demonstrates the ability of individual women and men to contribute to legal change by turning to the law to fight for what they want.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521557450
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Grossberg
Cambridge History of Law in America, Paperback (November 2011)
Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Law in America focuses on the long nineteenth century (1789-1920).
Judgment for Solomon, Hardback (January 1996)» View all books by Michael Grossberg
The story of the d'Hauteville case, a controversial child custody battle fought in 1840. It uses the story of one couple's bitter fight over their son to explore timebound and timeless features of American legal culture.
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