The Making of Post-Revolutionary Political Authority

Mary E. Vogel

in Coercion to Compromise

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780195101751
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199851461 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

The Making of Post-Revolutionary Political Authority

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This chapter examines the influence of post-revolutionary political authority on the legal system in the U.S.A, showing how the vision of political authority that took shape after the American Civil War drew on the ideology of a rule of law for legitimation and on the common law for much of its practical machinery. It describes how a conception of freedom drawn from labor law was used for a developing concept of citizenship.

Keywords: political authority; U.S.A.; American Civil War; rule of law; common law; freedom; labor law; citizenship

Chapter.  16471 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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