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The Common Law in Colonial America: Volume III: The Chesapeake and New England, 1660–1750

William E. Nelson


This volume begins where volume 1 ended and traces legal development in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and the smaller New England colonies from 1660 to the mid-eighteenth century. A main claim of the volume is that the Glorious Revolution changed England’s policy toward its colonies. Prior to the revolution, Charles II and James II sought to centralize power in the English empire; the means they chose to achieve centralization was to continue governing Maryland and Virginia through the common law and to impose the common law on Massachusetts and the rest of New England. After the Glorious ... More

Keywords: common law, localism, mercantilism, money supply, Protestantism, Puritan law, religious toleration, salutary neglect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190465056
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William E. Nelson, author
Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law and Professor of History, New York University