Sample student Note: Kelly Elizabeth Phillips, Marriage and Redemption: Mormon Polygamy in the Congressional Imagination, 1862-1867, 95 Va. L. Rev. 435 (2009). This Note discusses a historical topic with a limited focus, anti-polygamy legislation during the Civil War Period, and includes social and political factors that may have influenced this legislation as well as primary source legislative documents. Footnotes for Congressional debates, bills, reports and Acts; other document collections; archived papers; books; journal articles; and newspaper articles may be helpful for research or citation purposes.
Legal History: Research & Resources (selected key sources and sample searches)
Law Library website: Online Resources by Subject: History/Legal History
In Research Guide, under “Selected Books” tab, select: Cambridge History of Law in America (2008); Link to Library catalog record. CONTENTS: … v. 2 (The Long Nineteenth Century)—Slavery, Antislavery, and the coming of the Civil War/Ariela Gross; …v. 3 (The Twentieth Century and After (1920-))—Making Law Making War, Making America/Mary L. Dudziak
Online catalog (LEXICAT)—finding a good background, a good book on your specific topic, and more (Congressional reports, hearings, videos)
Limit to: Treatises on American Law; Search: slavery
Default: results sorted by “date, ascending” (oldest first)
9th title: Wheeler, Jacob D. A Practical Treatise on the Law of Slavery: being a compilation of all the decisions made on that subject, in the several courts of the United States and State Courts... New York, 1837.
Multidisciplinary scholarly articles on historical topics: JSTOR
History web sites: Famous Trials, History Matters (primary documents, sources and links)
Sample: Famous Trials—Celia: A Slave Trial (main page) Dred Scott Trial (“Other Famous Trials” link at bottom of main page)
Constitutional jurisprudence topics (additional recommended source): The Jurisprudence of United States Constitutional Interpretation: an annotated bibliography / Shelley L. Dowling. (2d ed., 2010)KF4546.A1 D69 2010