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Nelson, William E. (William Edward) 1940-

Overview
Works: 44 works in 223 publications in 2 languages and 9,591 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Genealogy  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Honoree
Classifications: KFM2478, 342.73085
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Most widely held works by William E Nelson
Making legal history : essays in honor of William E. Nelson by William E Nelson( )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presents ten essays on the process of identifying and interpreting archival sources - the foundation of an array of methods of writing American legal history. The historians featured here have all either identified a body of sources not previously explored or devised a new method of interrogating sources already known. The result is a kaleidoscopic examination of the historian's task and of the research methods and interpretative strategies that characterize the rich, complex field of American constitutional and legal history. These essays all honor the guidance and example of William E. Nelson, the Edward Weinfield Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. For more than four decades, Nelson has produced some of the most original and creative work in the field of American legal and constitutional history. Both Nelson's substantive arguments and the scope and depth of his research into previously untapped primary sources have shaped his prize-winning books, which have blazed new trails for historians. These essays heed and exemplify Nelson's advice that historians ought to identify, explore, and analyze new bodies of sources to produce work that will make a difference to the field"--Unedited summary from book jacket
The legalist reformation : law, politics, and ideology in New York, 1920-1980 by William E Nelson( )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and held by 1,271 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
The Fourteenth Amendment : from political principle to judicial doctrine by William E Nelson( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation In a remarkably fresh and historically grounded reinterpretation of the American Constitution, William Nelson argues that the fourteenth amendment was written to affirm the general public's long-standing rhetorical commitment to the principles of equality and individual rights on the one hand, and to the principle of local self-rule on the other
Marbury v. Madison : the origins and legacy of judicial review by William E Nelson( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We take for granted today the tremendous power of the Supreme Court to interpret our laws and overrule any found in conflict with the Constitution. Yet our nation was a quarter-century old before that power of "judicial review" was fully articulated by the Court itself in Marbury v. Madison (1803). William Nelson's concise study of that landmark case provides an insightful and readable guide for students and general readers alike. -- from back cover
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 1,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

12 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

28 editions published in 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 677 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"--
Dispute and conflict resolution in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1725-1825 by William E Nelson( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The literature of American legal history by William E Nelson( Book )

12 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 282 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 263 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."--Jacket
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 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plymouth court records, 1686-1859( Book )

in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 154 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 in colonial America by William E Nelson( )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The eminent legal historian William E. Nelson's magisterial four-volume The Common Law in Colonial America traces 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 third volume begins where volume one ended and traces legal development in Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and the satellite New England colonies from 1660 to the mid-eighteenth century. A main claim of the volume is that the Glorious Revolution changed England's policy toward its colonies. Prior to the revolution, Charles II and James II sought to centralize power in the English empire; the means they chose to achieve centralization was to continue governing Maryland and Virginia through the common law and to impose the common law on Massachusetts and the rest of New England. After the Glorious Revolution, William III continued the policy of imposing the common law. But William III and his Hanoverian successors were less concerned than their Stuart predecessors had been with centralizing power; their aim was to insure the hegemony of Protestantism in each colony as they assembled a Protestant coalition to defeat the efforts of the Catholic Louis XIV to establish what William III called 'universal monarchy.' Thus, although every one of Britain's North American colonies received the common law by the mid-eighteenth century, the reception assumed different forms in different colonies. Local interests retained significant power everywhere and used that power to preserve divergent, customary patterns of law that had arisen in the seventeenth century"--Unedited summary from book jacket
Constitution and rights in the early American republic by William E Nelson( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 85 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

COMMON LAW IN COLONIAL AMERICA : law and the constitution on the eve of independence 1735-1776 by William E Nelson( )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 63 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
Black political mobilization : the 1967 mayoral election in Gary, Indiana by William E Nelson( )

8 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

 
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The Fourteenth Amendment : from political principle to judicial doctrine
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The Fourteenth Amendment : from political principle to judicial doctrineMarbury v. Madison : the origins and legacy of judicial reviewAmericanization of the common law : the impact of legal change on Massachusetts society, 1760-1830The roots of American bureaucracy, 1830-1900The common law in colonial AmericaThe literature of American legal historyIn pursuit of right and justice : Edward Weinfeld as lawyer and judgeLaw as culture and culture as law : essays in honor of John Phillip Reid
Alternative Names
Nelson, William E.

Nelson, William E. 1940-

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

Nelson, William Edward

Nelson, William Edward, 1940-

Languages
English (190)

Japanese (2)