Monday, October 5, 2015

An Anthology of Alabama Legal History

Quid Pro Books announces the publication of New Field, New Corn: Essays in Alabama Legal History, which the press describes as “an anthology of research papers that explore a range of topics from the rich legal history of the state of Alabama and its influential legal and judicial figures.”  It is edited by Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., Special Collections-Collection Development Librarian, Bounds Law Library, University of Alabama School of Law.  Here is the TOC:

Bryan K. Fair’s Foreword: “Critiquing Our Present, Interrogating Our Past”
Paul M. Pruitt, Jr.’s Introduction: “Alabama Legal History as a Field of Study”
Warren Hoffman: “Developments of the Enclosure Movement in Alabama: Disrupting the Free Roaming”
Paul Rand: “Flush Times in the Chancery: A Brief Note on the History of Equity and Trusts”
Helen Eckinger: “The Militarization of the University of Alabama”
Eddie Lowe: “Economic Growth in Blount County: Attorneys, Companies, and Cases”
Mike Dodson: “Pioneers in Alabama Legal History: A Firm Understanding of the History of Alabama”
Courtney Cooper: “A Man in a Boy’s Coat: The Evolution of Alabama’s Constitutions”
Deirdra Drinkard: “The Uniform Beneath the Robe”
Ellie Campbell: “The ‘Breakthrough Verdict’: Strange v. State

Here are two endorsements:

“Alabama legal history can be surprising. Usually, this history is identified with dominant one-party politics, slavery, racial segregation, and limited social welfare. Paul Pruitt’s collection of young lawyers’ research reveals a new field. It extends out from legal subjects, embracing new perceptions of law in society across Alabama history. The collection rests on broad research. Lawyers working in diverse fields have produced Alabama legal history that sets a new standard.”
— Tony Freyer

New Field, New Corn presents eight new essays on Alabama legal history from the pre-Civil War era through the Civil Rights era. These elegant and novel chapters survey a broad spectrum, from economics, race, education, and professional concerns of lawyers, to plain old legal doctrine, to show how those variables affected the state’s development. These essays reveal why we need intensive studies of American law at the state and county level in the 19th and 20th centuries. For they demonstrate that law is embedded in our culture. These invite many other studies, from the county level on up, in other states, to demonstrate how law lies at the center of nation’s history. They reaffirm my faith that there are many, many fascinating stories left to tell about our nation’s journey towards fulfilling the promises of law.”
— Alfred L. Brophy
Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Author, Reparations: Pro and Con (2006) and Reconstructing the Dreamland (2002)