Radicalism's Legacy: American Legal History Since 1998

Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte, Forthcoming

Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2014-64

12 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2014 Last revised: 13 Nov 2014

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Jessica Lowe

University of Virginia - School of Law

Date Written: November 7, 2014

Abstract

This short essay, commissioned by the German legal history journal Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte, examines developments in American legal history since 1998. Framed around the legacy of Robert Gordon's "Critical Legal Histories," it argues that developments in the field have primarily clustered around five types of inquiry -- legal pluralism, rights consciousness, racial identity, citizenship, and the state -- and that theoretical ideas developed by Gordon and his generation have continued to shape the field. It then examines the unintended pitfalls of the critical agenda, and speculates about new possibilities for the discipline -- and what its relevance might be to the next generation of American law students and law schools.

Keywords: American legal history, critical legal studies, legal pluralism, legal profession, law school, civil rights, Robert Gordon

Suggested Citation

Lowe, Jessica, Radicalism's Legacy: American Legal History Since 1998 (November 7, 2014). Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte, Forthcoming; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2014-64. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520545

Jessica Lowe (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - School of Law ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

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