'That Most Congenial Lawyer/Bibliographer'
Law Library Journal, Vol. 104, No. 1, pp. 135-47 (2012)
13 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2013
Date Written: February 1, 2012
What do Sam Houston, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Victor Hugo, Judah P. Benjamin, and Samuel F. B. Morse have in common?
They all appear in Morris L. Cohen's masterwork, 'Bibliography of Early American Law' (BEAL).
The mammoth set (six hefty volumes with a big supplement) covers a wide variety of works related to U.S. law, whether published in the U.S. or elsewhere, and works on foreign or international law, if published in the U.S. — all published from the earliest times to 1860.
In this essay, I explore BEAL and share some of the fascinating nuggets it contains. Along the way, you will see how BEAL could be used in your own research in legal history, U.S. history, or other studies looking at the period.
(This was in an issue of 'Law Library Journal' with tributes to Morris Cohen, who died in 2010.)
Keywords: legal history, American history, pre-Civil War, antebellum, colonial, Constitution, biography
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