Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1970

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Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources is a full-text database of primary material in U.S. legal history. It comprises codes, subject arrangements of the law, at the federal, state and local levels; proceedings and other documents from constitutional conventions; legal dictionaries and other sources. Included among the collections are primary documents from the colonial period compiled mainly during the nineteenth century. With over 5,200 volumes in approximately 3,600 titles, Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources is a valuable resource for any topic in American history involving law or government at any level, including slavery, suffrage, labor, education, welfare, and Indian affairs. It is searchable by keywords in fulltext, by subject, state or territory, and other fields.

Complements Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926.


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Federal, state and municipal codes, records of constitutional conventions, law dictionaries and other primary sources.

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Full text in image format.

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related resources

Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926.

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Harvard Law School Library, the Yale Law Library, and the Law Library of Congress.

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Gale Cengage Learning

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