Book Review: The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860

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Gilmore, Grant
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According to the jacket-blurb which accompanies the book: "Thissearching interpretation, which connects law and the courts to thereal world, will engage historians in a new debate. For to view the lawas an engine of vast economic transformation is to challenge in astunning way previous interpretations of the eras of revolution andreform." I do not mean to suggest that law book writers are to be heldresponsible for the indiscretions of law book publishers. But the essentialsof the argument-Professor Horwitz would, I am sure, agree arenot all that novel; they have been current for 30 or 40 years.