New Field, New Corn
Essays in Alabama Legal History
Paul M. Pruitt Jr.
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NEW FIELD, NEW CORN is 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. Contemporary photography and mapwork are featured as well. The volume's contents include:
* Bryan K. Fair, Foreword: "Critiquing Our Present, Interrogating Our Past"
* Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., 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/Onteonta: 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"
"Alabama legal history can be surprising. Usually, this history is identified with dominant one-party politics, slavery, racial segregation, and limited social welfare. University of Alabama Law School legal historian 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
University Research Professor of History and Law, Emeritus, University of Alabama
Author, Hugo L. Black and the Dilemma of American Liberalism (2007), and co-author, Democracy and Judicial Independence (1996)