Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Walker on Tomlins's "Freedom Bound"

Our Guest Blogger, Anders Walker, St. Louis Law, has posted England Bound: The Problem of Reading American Legal History from the Top Down, which is his review of Christopher Tomlins’s prize-winning Freedom Bound.  Here is the abstract:
If King George III could return from the grave and write a history of America, it would read like Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865. Deeply rooted in English soil, Christopher Tomlins’s long awaited survey challenges the past “half century” of American historiography, replacing its “ground up” emphasis on “the quotidien social behavior” of “settler populations” with a rich, beautifully written exposition of English imperial theorists – in essence the King’s men (p. 185).