A Law of Blood
The Primitive Law of the Cherokee Nation
By (author) John Phillip Reid
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Law of Blood by John Phillip Reid
Book DescriptionJohn Phillip Reid is widely known for his groundbreaking work in American legal history. "A Law of Blood," first published in the early 1970s, led the way in an additional newly emerging academic field: American Indian history. As the field has flourished, this book has remained an authoritative text. Indeed, Gordon Morris Bakken writes in the foreword to this edition that Reid s original study shaped scholarship and inquiry for decades. Forging the research methods that fellow historians would soon adopt, Reid carefully examines the organization and rules of Cherokee clans and towns. Investigating the role of women in Cherokee society, for example, he found that married Cherokee women had more legal authority than their counterparts in Anglo-American society. In particular, Reid explores the Cherokees revolutionary attitudes toward government and the unique relationship between the members of the tribe and their law. Before the first European contact, the Cherokee Nation had already developed a functioning government, and by the early nineteenth century, the first Cherokee constitution had been enacted."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780875806082
(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Northern Illinois University Press
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Phillip Reid
Legitimating the Law, Hardback (November 2012)
Provides knowledge about the judicial history of the early republic by recounting the development of courts, laws, and legal theory in New Hampshire. This title chronicles the struggle by which lawyers and torchbearers of strong, centralized government sought to bring standards of competence to New Hampshire.
Legislating the Courts, Hardback (September 2008)
Focuses on generally unknown events and policies to demonstrate judicial dependence and legislative supremacy over the judiciary. This book disproves the validity of that assumption for state constitutionalism by concentrating on the law of New Hampshire - representative of the law in other jurisdictions - between the years 1789 and 1818.
Ancient Constitution and the Origins of Anglo-American Liberty, Hardback (June 2005)
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, English and American lawyers appealed to the ancient constitution as the cornerstone of liberty. The author demonstrates that this concept of an unchanging, ancient constitution, furnished English common lawyers and parliamentarians an argument with which to combat royal prerogative power.
Rule of Law, Hardback (June 2004)» View all books by John Phillip Reid
"Rule of law" - the idea that the law is the nation's sovereign authority - has served as a cornerstone for constitutional theory and the jurisprudence of liberty. John Phillip Reid traces the concept's progress through a series of landmark events in Great Britain and North America.
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Author Biography - John Phillip Reid
John Phillip Reid is Professor of Law Emeritus at New York University and the author of numerous books on legal history, including "Controlling the Law" and "The Ancient Constitution and the Origins of Anglo-American Liberty."
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