The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926
... describes the courtroom dramas that rocked society in America, the British Empire and the world. This new collection — the third installment in our Making of Modern Law series — boasts more than 10,000 titles and nearly two million pages of fully searchable content from the law libraries of Harvard and Yale as well as The Library of the Bar of the City of New York.
Many of the narratives cover ordinary people caught in situations that generated publicity while others raise interesting questions about celebrity and crime. Still others are precedent-setting trials associated with important constitutional and historic issues, including the Dred Scott Case and the Scopes Monkey Trial.
The benefits of this digital collection are many. In addition to its great importance to researchers studying history, law and government, the collection offers an enormous amount of social information. It provides insight into societal relations and gender conventions — the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people – beyond what is found in other publications of the time. This insight will appeal to students of gender studies, race studies, literature, theater, sociology, criminology and economics, among other disciplines.