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Building a Revolutionary State: The Legal Transformation of New York, 1776-1783

Howard Pashman


This book analyzes an extraordinary change that occurred during the American Revolution. Early in the conflict, colonial legal systems grew weak or collapsed. But by the end of the war, Americans managed to rebuild working legal structures like courts and legislatures that enjoyed popular support. The book examines one province in detail, New York, to understand the fundamental process of transforming a popular uprising into a new legal order. Movements around the world have confronted that challenge as they try to develop new legal structures during periods of great upheaval. New Yorkers face ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, New York, legal history, property redistribution, expropriation, Loyalists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226334356
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226540573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Pashman, author
Karlin Associates, LLC