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A History of American Law$
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Lawrence M. Friedman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190070885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190070885.001.0001

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Commerce, Labor, and Taxation

Commerce, Labor, and Taxation

(p.513) 9 Commerce, Labor, and Taxation
A History of American Law

Lawrence M. Friedman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the development of commerce, labor, and tax laws in the second half of the nineteenth century. It covers contracts, negotiable instruments, the law of sales, usury laws, insurance, bankruptcy, admiralty, labor and law, federal taxation, state and local tax, and death taxes. The law of contract occupies a special place in American law in the nineteenth century. The dominance of contract was one of the sovereign notions of the nineteenth century. By constitutional mandate, no state could “impair” the obligation of contracts. Contract law was also one of the basic building blocks of legal study.

Keywords:   contract, negotiable instruments, sales, usury laws, insurance, bankruptcy, admiralty, labor, American law

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