In Signposts, Sally E. Hadden and Patricia Hagler
Minter have assembled seventeen essays, by both established and
rising scholars, that showcase new directions in southern legal
history across a wide range of topics, time periods, and locales.
The essays will inspire today's scholars to dig even more deeply
into the southern legal heritage, in much the same way that David
Bodenhamer and James Ely's seminal 1984 work, Ambivalent
Legacy, inspired an earlier generation to take up the study of
southern legal history.
Contributors to Signposts explore a wide range of subjects
related to southern constitutional and legal thought, including
real and personal property, civil rights, higher education, gender,
secession, reapportionment, prohibition, lynching, legal
institutions such as the grand jury, and conflicts between bench
and bar. A number of the essayists are concerned with transatlantic
connections to southern law and with marginalized groups such as
women and native peoples. Taken together, the essays in
Signposts show us that understanding how law changes over
time is essential to understanding the history of the South.
Contributors: Alfred L. Brophy, Lisa Lindquist Dorr, Laura F.
Edwards, James W. Ely Jr., Tim Alan Garrison, Sally E. Hadden,
Roman J. Hoyos, Thomas N. Ingersoll, Jessica K. Lowe, Patricia
Hagler Minter, Cynthia Nicoletti, Susan Richbourg Parker,
Christopher W. Schmidt, Jennifer M. Spear, Christopher R. Waldrep,
Peter Wallenstein, Charles L. Zelden.
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