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Morton Horwitz's Methodological Transformation: Some Musings on Transformations I and II

Transformations in American Legal History, Vol. 2, 2010

Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 32-2009

22 Pages Posted: 27 May 2009  

James R. Hackney, Jr.

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: May 6, 2009

Abstract

This essay places Morton Horwitz's two classic texts, The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860 (1973) ("Transformation I") and The Transformation of American Law, 1870-1960 (1992) ("Transformation II") in historical and theoretical relief. The analysis is done on three levels. There is a discussion that draws upon Horwitz's biography as conveyed in an interview of Horwitz conducted by the author. There is also an examination of the two texts and their relationship to changes in legal academia. The discussion of the legal academy leads to a broader historical analysis framing Transformation I and Transformation II within the contours of intellectual trends beyond the legal academy.

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Hackney, Jr., James R., Morton Horwitz's Methodological Transformation: Some Musings on Transformations I and II (May 6, 2009). Transformations in American Legal History, Vol. 2, 2010; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 32-2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410134

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