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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 385 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Role of Law in American Society

Hendrik A. Hartog

This course offers an opportunity to explore the social and cultural meanings of legal texts. The focus is on methodology: on how to locate cases, statutes, treatises, trial records, and legal lives in their historical contexts, and on the differing ways historians have used legal texts as historical artifacts. In the course of this course, students will be exposed to a number of differing and contending perspectives on American legal history. It should offer students an opportunity to think broadly about the role of law in the wider culture and to try their hand at doing legal history.

Sample reading list:
Cases and Transcripts
Friedman, A History of American Law
Reagan, When Abortion Was a Crime
Grossberg, A Judgment for Solomon

Reading/Writing assignments:
Source materials and readings prepared by the instructor.

Take Home Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20620 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20621 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20622 P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20623 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20624 P04 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20625 P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20626 P06 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20627 P07 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled