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Nelson, William E. (William Edward) 1940-

Overview
Works: 34 works in 167 publications in 2 languages and 7,538 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Biography  Genealogy 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: KFM2478, 347.7312
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Most widely held works about William E Nelson
 
Most widely held works by William E Nelson
Americanization of the common law : the impact of legal change on Massachusetts society, 1760-1830 by William E Nelson( Book )

21 editions published between 1975 and 1994 in English and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Marbury v. Madison : the origins and legacy of judicial review by William E Nelson( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The roots of American bureaucracy, 1830-1900 by William E Nelson( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The common law in colonial America by William E Nelson( Book )

in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William E. Nelson here proposes a new beginning in the study of colonial legal history. Examining all archival legal material for the period 1607-1776 and synthesizing existing scholarship in a four-volume series, The Common Law in Colonial America shows how the legal systems of Britain's thirteen North American colonies--initially established in response to divergent political, economic, and religious initiatives--slowly converged into a common American legal order that differed substantially from English common law. Drawing on groundbreaking and overwhelmingly in-depth research into local court records and statutes, the first volume explores how the law of the Chesapeake colonies--Virginia and Maryland--diverged sharply from the New England colonies--Massachusetts Bay, Connecticut, New Haven, Plymouth, and Rhode Island--and traces the roots of these dissimilarities from their initial settlement until approximately 1660. Nelson pointedly examines the disparate motives of the legal systems in the respective colonies as they dealt with religion, price and labor regulations, crimes, public morals, the status of women, and the enforcement of contractual obligations. He reveals how Virginians' zeal for profit led to a harsh legal framework that efficiently squeezed payment out of debtors and labor out of servants; whereas the laws of Massachusetts were primarily concerned with the preservation of local autonomy and the moral values of family-centered farming communities. The law in the other New England colonies, Nelson argues, gravitated towards the Massachusetts model, while Maryland's law, gravitated toward that of Virginia. Comprehensive, authoritative, and extensively researched, The Common Law in Colonial America, Volume 1: The Chesapeake and New England, 1607-1660 is the definitive resource on the beginnings of the common law and its evolution during this vibrant era in America's history"--Provided by publisher
The literature of American legal history by William E Nelson( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legalist reformation : law, politics, and ideology in New York, 1920-1980 by William E Nelson( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a detailed examination of New York case law, this volume demonstrates how law, politics, and ideology in the state have changed in tandem between 1920 and 1980. A new legal ideology was created which aspired to liberty, equality, human dignity and opportunity for all
Liberty and community : Constitution and rights in the early American republic by William E Nelson( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law as culture and culture as law : essays in honor of John Phillip Reid( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In pursuit of right and justice : Edward Weinfeld as lawyer and judge by William E Nelson( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"His bond with the city mirrored his parents' relationship to their towns in the Old World, except that Manhatten offered him a future they could only imagine. Merely by working hard within a few square miles of New York, the young Weinfeld could become a great lawyer and ultimately a judge of national repute. Weinfeld's personal growth and socioeconomic mobility illustrates how the children of Catholic and Jewish immigrants were assimilated into mainstream American life during the course of the twentieth century. His unique approach to jurisprudence offers a model for the equal legal protection of all Americans."--BOOK JACKET
Plymouth court records, 1686-1859( Book )

in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making legal history : essays in honor of William E. Nelson by William E Nelson( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than four decades, Nelson has produced some of the most original and creative work on American constitutional and legal history. His prize-winning books have blazed new trails for historians with their substantive arguments and the scope and depth of Nelson's exploration of primary sources. Nelson was the first legal scholar to use early American county court records as sources of legal and social history, and his work (on legal history in England, colonial America, and New York) has been a model for generations of legal historians. This book includes a number of chapters exemplifying and explaining the process of identifying and interpreting archival sources-the foundation of an array of methods of writing American legal history
Constitution and rights in the early American republic by William E Nelson( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fighting for the city : a history of the New York City corporation counsel by William E Nelson( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City of Decatur and Macon County, Illinois : a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement by William E Nelson( Book )

12 editions published between 1910 and 2001 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 2nd vol. is devoted entirely to biography
The common law in colonial America by William E Nelson( Book )

28 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume traces English efforts to govern the Chesapeake and New England colonies by imposing the common law. Although every colony received the common law by 1750, local interests retained significant power everywhere and used that power to preserve divergent, customary patterns of law that had arisen in the 17th century
Black political mobilization : the 1967 mayoral election in Gary, Indiana by William E Nelson( )

7 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The common law in Colonial America by William E Nelson( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, Nelson analyzes the impact that an increasingly powerful British government had on the evolution of the common law in the New World. As the reach of the Crown extended Britain imposed far more restrictions than before on the new colonies it had chartered in the Carolinas and the Middle Atlantic region. The government's intent was to ensure that colonies' laws would align more tightly with British law
Plymouth court records, 1686-1859 by David Thomas Konig( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The common law in colonial America. 1660-1730 by William Edward Nelson( )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, Nelson analyzes the impact that an increasingly powerful British government had on the evolution of the common law in the New World. As the reach of the Crown extended Britain imposed far more restrictions than before on the new colonies it had chartered in the Carolinas and the Middle Atlantic region. The government's intent was to ensure that colonies' laws would align more tightly with British law
The common law of colonial America by William E Nelson( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four-volume series of which this book is the first volume shows how the legal systems of Britain's thirteen North American colonies, which were initially established in response to divergent political, economic, and religious initiatives, slowly converged until it became possible by the 1770s to imagine that all thirteen participated in a common American legal order, which diverged in its details but differed far more substantially from English common law. This book reveals how Virginians' zeal for profit led to the creation of a harsh legal order that efficiently squeezed payment out of debtors and labor out of servants. In comparison, Puritan law in early Massachusetts strove mainly to preserve the local autonomy and moral values of family-centered, subsistence farming communities. The law in the other New England colonies, although it was distinctive in some respects, gravitated toward the Massachusetts model, while Maryland's law, except during a brief interlude of Puritan rule, gravitated toward that of Virginia
 
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Marbury v. Madison : the origins and legacy of judicial review
Alternative Names
Nelson, William E.

Nelson, William E. 1940-

Nelson, William E. (William Edward), 1940-

Nelson, William Edward

Nelson, William Edward, 1940-

Languages
English (150)

Japanese (2)

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Marbury v. Madison : the origins and legacy of judicial reviewThe roots of American bureaucracy, 1830-1900The common law in colonial AmericaThe literature of American legal historyThe legalist reformation : law, politics, and ideology in New York, 1920-1980Law as culture and culture as law : essays in honor of John Phillip ReidIn pursuit of right and justice : Edward Weinfeld as lawyer and judgeThe common law in colonial AmericaThe common law of colonial America