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White, G. Edward

Works: 79 works in 431 publications in 2 languages and 26,864 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Juvenile works  Literature  Trials, litigation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Other
Classifications: KF8744, 347.732634
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Most widely held works by G. Edward White
The American judicial tradition : profiles of leading American judges by G. Edward White( )

52 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and held by 3,916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a series of portraits of the most famous appellate judges in American history. White traces the development of the American judicial tradition through biographical sketches of the careers and contributions of these renowned judges. - Publisher
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes : law and the inner self by G. Edward White( )

35 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 2,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By any measure, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., led a full and remarkable life. He was tall and exceptionally attractive, especially as he aged, with piercing eyes, a shock of white hair, and a prominent military moustache. He was the son of a famous father (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., renowned for "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table"), a thrice-wounded veteran of the Civil War, a Harvard-educated member of Brahmin Boston, the acquaintance of Longfellow, Lowell, and Emerson, and for a time a close friend of William James. He wrote one of the classic works of American legal scholarship, The Common Law, and he served with distinction for thirty years on the Supreme Court of the United States. He was actively involved in the Court's work into his nineties. In Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self, G. Edward White, the acclaimed biographer of Earl Warren and one of America's most esteemed legal scholars, provides a rounded portrait of this remarkable jurist. We see Holmes's early life in Boston and at Harvard, his ambivalent relationship with his father, and his harrowing service during the Civil War (he was wounded three times, twice nearly fatally, shot in the chest in his first action, and later shot through the neck at Antietam). White examines Holmes's curious, childless marriage (his diary for 1872 noted on June 17th that he had married Fanny Bowditch Dixwell, and the next sentence indicated that he had become the sole editor of the American Law Review) and he includes new information on Holmes's intense relationship with Clare Castletown. White not only provides a vivid portrait of Holmes's life, but examines in depth the inner workings of Holmes's mind. There is a full chapter devoted to The Common Law, and throughout the book, there is astute commentary on Holmes's legal writings and judicial decisions. Indeed, White reveals that some of the themes that have dominated 20th-century American jurisprudence - including protection for free speech and the belief that "judges make the law"--Can be prominently identified with Holmes's work. Perhaps most important, White suggests that understanding Holmes's life is crucial to understanding his work, and he continually stresses the connections between Holmes's legal career and his personal life. For instance, Holmes's desire to distinguish himself from his father and from the "soft" literary culture of his father's generation drove him to abandon his early academic passions, literature and philosophy, and to pursue legal scholarship of a particularly demanding kind. White's biography of Earl Warren was hailed by Anthony Lewis on the cover of The New York Times Book Review as "serious and fascinating," and The Los Angeles Times noted that "White has gone beyond the labels and given us the man." In Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, White has produced an equally serious and fascinating biography, one that again goes beyond the labels and gives us the man himself
Earl Warren, a public life by G. Edward White( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although many books and articles have appeared about Earl Warren, no one has ever adequately explained how the man who presided over so many highly controversial Supreme Court decisions and led such a notable political career could seem to be, and regarded as, a person of quite modest presence and abilities. Based on the wealth of newly available material from the recently-opened Warren Papers in California, this book is the first to relate Warren's accomplishments as a judge to the themes of his early life. The result is an original, challenging portrait of one of the most influential figures in recent American history. We learn not only about Warren the California politician and Warren the Chief Justice, but also about Warren the man. -- Book Jacket
Tort law in America : an intellectual history by G. Edward White( )

52 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely regarded as a standard in the field, G. Edward White's Tort Law in America is a concise and accessible history of the way legal scholars and judges have conceptualized the subject of torts, the reasons that changes in certain rules and doctrines have ocurred, and the people who brought about these changes. White approaches his subject from four perspectives: intellectual history, the sociology of knowledge, the phenomenon of professionalization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America, and the recurrent concerns of tort law since its emergence as a discrete field. He puts the intellectual history of this unique branch of law into the general picture of philosophy, sociology, and literature in what is not only a major work of legal scholarship but also a tour de force for anyone interested in American intellectual history
Alger Hiss's looking-glass wars : the covert life of a Soviet spy by G. Edward White( )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 2,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For decades, a great number of Americans saw Alger Hiss as an innocent victim of McCarthyism - a distinguished diplomat railroaded by an ambitious Richard Nixon. And even as the case against Hiss grew over time, his dignified demeanor helped create an aura of innocence that outshone the facts in many minds." "Now G. Edward White deftly draws together the countless details of Hiss's life - from his upper middle-class childhood in Baltimore and his brilliant success at Harvard to his later career as a self-made martyr to McCarthyism - to paint a fascinating portrait of a man whose life was devoted to perpetuating a lie. White catalogs the evidence that proved Hiss's guilt, from Whittaker Chambers's famous testimony, to copies of State Department documents typed on Hiss's typewriter, to Allen Weinstein's groundbreaking investigation in the 1970s. The author then explores the central conundrums of Hiss's life: Why did this talented lawyer become a Communist and a Soviet spy? Why did he devote so much of his life to an extensive public campaign to deny his espionage? And how, without producing any new evidence, did he convince many people that he was innocent? White offers a compelling analysis of Hiss's behavior in the face of growing evidence of his guilt, revealing how this behavior fit into an ongoing pattern of denial and duplicity in his life." "The story of Alger Hiss is in part a reflection of Cold War America - a time of ideological passions, partisan battles, and secret lives. It is also a story that transcends a particular historical era - a story about individuals who choose to engage in espionage for foreign powers and the secret worlds they choose to conceal. In White's skilled hands, the life of Alger Hiss comes to illuminate both of these themes."--Jacket
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. by G. Edward White( )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 2,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussion of the views, decisions and influence of Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr
Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953 by G. Edward White( )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when many baseball fans wish for the game to return to a purer past, G. Edward White shows how seemingly irrational business decisions, inspired in part by the self-interest of the owners but also by their nostalgia for the game, transformed baseball into the national pastime. Not simply a professional sport, baseball has been treated as a focus of childhood rituals and an emblem of American individuality and fair play throughout much of the twentieth century. It started out, however, as a marginal urban sport associated with drinking and gambling. White describes its progression to an almost mythic status as an idyllic game, popular among people of all ages and classes. He then recounts the owner's efforts, often supported by the legal system, to preserve this image. Baseball grew up in the midst of urban industrialization during the Progressive Era, and the emerging steel and concrete baseball parks encapsulated feelings of neighborliness and associations with the rural leisure of bygone times. According to White, these nostalgic themes, together with personal financial concerns, guided owners toward practices that in retrospect appear unfair to players and detrimental to the progress of the game. Reserve clauses, blacklisting, and limiting franchise territories, for example, were meant to keep a consistent roster of players on a team, build fan loyalty, and maintain the game's local flavor. These practices also violated antitrust laws and significantly restricted the economic power of the players. Owners vigorously fought against innovations, ranging from night games and radio broadcasts to the inclusion of black players. Nonetheless, the image of baseball as a spirited civic endeavor persisted, even in the face of outright corruption, as witnessed in the courts' leniency toward the participants in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. White's story of baseball is intertwined with changes in technology and business in America and with changing attitudes toward race and ethnicity. The time is fast approaching, he concludes, when we must consider whether baseball is still regarded as the national pastime and whether protecting its image is worth the effort."--Jacket
The constitution and the New Deal by G. Edward White( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Eastern establishment and the Western experience : the West of Frederic Remington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Wister by G. Edward White( Book )

27 editions published between 1967 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Law in American history by G. Edward White( )

14 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In speaking about the law, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said, "To know what it is, we must know what it has been, and what it tends to become." G. Edward White, a leading legal historian, presents Law in American History, a two-volume, comprehensive narrative history of American law from the colonial period to the present. In this first volume, White explores the key turning points in roughly the first half of the American legal system, from the development of order in the colonies, to the signing of the Constitution, to the dissolution of the Union just before the Civil War. In addition to these events, White analyzes issues like race, gender, and slavery that undergird the development of American jurisprudence. Along the way, he provides a compelling case for why law can be seen as the key to understanding the development of American life as we know it, shaping virtually every aspect of the American experience from the way we handle international relations to the food we choose to eat and drink. Thought-provoking and artfully written, Law in American History, Vol. 1 is an essential text for both students of law and general readers alike
American legal history : a very short introduction by G. Edward White( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Law has played a central role in American history. From colonial times to the present, law has not just reflected the changing society in which legal decisions have been made-it has played a powerful role in shaping that society, though not always in positive ways. In this Very Short Introduction, eminent legal scholar G. Edward White-author of the ongoing, multi-volume Law in American History-offers a compact overview that sheds light on the impact of law on a number of key social issues. Rather than offer a straight chronological history, the book instead traces important threads woven throughout our nation's past, looking at how law shaped Native American affairs, slavery, business, and home life, as well as how it has dealt with criminal and civil offenses. White shows that law has not always been used to exemplary ends. For instance, a series of decisions by the Marshall court essentially marginalized Amerindians, indigenous people of the Americas, reducing tribes to wards of the government. Likewise, law initially legitimated slavery in the United States, and legal institutions, including the Supreme Court, failed to resolve the tensions stirred up by the westward expansion of slavery, eventually sparking the Civil War. White also looks at the expansion of laws regarding property rights, which were vitally important to the colonists, many of whom left Europe hoping to become land owners; the evolution of criminal punishment from a public display (the stocks, the gallows) to a private prison system; the rise of tort law after the Civil War; and the progress in legal education, moving from informal apprenticeships and lax standards to modern law schools and rigorous bar exams. In this illuminating look at the pivotal role of law in American life, White offers us an excellent first step to a better appreciation of the function of law in our society. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable"--
Law in American history by G. Edward White( Book )

in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1: In the first of the three volumes of his projected comprehensive narrative history of the role of law in America from the colonial years through the twentieth century, G. Edward White takes up the central themes of American legal history from the earliest European settlements through the Civil War. Included in the coverage of this volume are the interactions between European and Amerindian legal systems in the years of colonial settlement; the crucial role of Anglo-American theories of sovereignty and imperial governance in facilitating the separation of the American colonies from the British Empire in the late eighteenth century; the American "experiment" with federated republican constitutionalism in the founding period; the major importance of agricultural householding, in the form of slave plantations as well as farms featuring wage labor, in helping to shape the development of American law in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the emergence of the Supreme Court of the United States as an authoritative force in American law and politics in the early nineteenth century; the interactions between law, westward expansion, and transformative developments in transportation and communication in the antebellum years; the contributions of American legal institutions to the dissolution of the Union of American states in the three decades after 1830; and the often-overlooked legal history of the Confederacy and Union governments during the Civil War. White incorporates recent scholarship in anthropology, ethnography, and economic, political, intellectual and legal history to produce a narrative that is both revisionist and accessible, taking up the familiar topics of race, gender, slavery, and the treatment of native Americans from fresh perspectives
Patterns of American legal thought by G. Edward White( Book )

8 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Marshall Court and cultural change, 1815-35 by G. Edward White( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intervention and detachment : essays in legal history and jurisprudence by G. Edward White( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays by G. Edward White provides, in one place, discussion of a number of the substantive issues of current interest in American legal history and jurisprudence. Ranging through a diverse body of subjects, including 'doing history' (methodology and practice), judicial review, and the politics of jurisprudence, the author both explores important topics and raises critical issues affecting the process of writing legal history. Topics include the nature and process of 'revisionism' in histocial writing, the role of lawyers in the New Deal, the roles of evidence and interpretation in legal history, critical theory, the significance of the Supreme Court in American culture, the historiography of the Marshall Court, and the career of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Marshall Court and cultural change, 1815-1835 by G. Edward White( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Marshall Court and Cultural Change, 1815-1835 comprises the third and fourth volumes of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States. G. Edward White completes the series' coverage of the Marshall Court, tracing the last two decades of John Marshall's term as Chief Justice. White describes the intellectual climate of the Marshall Court's work and analyzes the Court's decisions. Throughout, White stresses that the Marshall Court, despite its much-celebrated influence, must be seen as part of a unique cultural period when the heritage of the Revolution confronted the radical political, demographic, and intellectual changes of the nineteenth century. The Marshall Court itself was also unique and unlike the modern Court in that it used an informal set of deliberative procedures that gave the justices' personal predilections more influence in the court's rulings than at any other time in Supreme Court history"--
Oliver Wendell Holmes : sage of the Supreme Court by G. Edward White( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the well-known philosopher and judge, with emphasis on his influential thirty-year tenure as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court
History and the constitution : collected essays by G. Edward White( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays discusses the renaissance of history and historically oriented methodologies in American constitutional jurisprudence. The essays are divided into three clusters. The first cluster considers the "historical turn" in constitutional jurisprudence, focusing on the emergence of historical methodologies in American constitutional scholarship, the changing historical reputation of the great case, Marbury v. Madison, and the historical origins of the Supreme Court's "scrutiny levels" approach to legislation challenged on constitutional grounds. The second cluster responds to the increased importance of international law in American common law and constitutional decisions by surveying the history of the constitutional jurisprudence of foreign relations powers and by considering the revival of a section of the Judiciary Act of 1789, the Alien Torts Statute, as a basis for a "customary international law" of Torts. The third cluster focuses on the Rehnquist Court and the increased importance of history in its constitutional jurisprudence, emphasizing the role of "centrist" justices on that Court, the internal powers of the Chief Justice, and the Court's unexpected and arguably novel responses to issues of constitutional interpretation." "The book is designed for scholars and students in law, history, and political science."--BOOK JACKET
Law in American history by G. Edward White( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this second installment of G. Edward White's sweeping history of law in America from the colonial era to the present, White, covers the period between 1865-1929, which encompasses Reconstruction, rapid industrialization, a huge influx of immigrants, the rise of Jim Crow, the emergence of an American territorial empire, World War I, and the booming yet xenophobic 1920s. As in the first volume, he connects the evolution of American law to the major political, economic, cultural, social, and demographic developments of the era. To enrich his account, White draws from the latest research from across the social sciences-economic history, anthropology, and sociology-yet weave those insights into a highly accessible narrative. Along the way he provides a compelling case for why law can be seen as the key to understanding the development of American life as we know it. Law in American History, Volume II will be an essential text for both students of law and general readers
Law in American history by G. Edward White( )

7 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Law in American History, Volume III: 1930-2000, the eminent legal scholar G. Edward White concludes his sweeping history of law in America, from the colonial era to the near-present. Picking up where his previous volume left off, at the end of the 1920s, White turns his attention to modern developments in both public and private law. One of his findings is that despite the massive changes in American society since the New Deal, some of the landmark constitutional decisions from that period remain salient today. An illustration is the Court's sweeping interpretation of the reach of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause in Wickard v. Filburn (1942), a decision that figured prominently in the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the Affordable Care0Act.0In these formative years of modern American jurisprudence, courts responded to, and affected, the emerging role of the state and federal governments as regulatory and redistributive institutions and the growing participation of the United States in world affairs. They extended their reach into domains they had mostly ignored: foreign policy, executive power, criminal procedure, and the rights of speech, sexuality, and voting. Today, the United States continues to grapple with changing legal issues in each of those domains. Law in American History, Volume III provides an authoritative introduction to how modern American jurisprudence emerged and evolved of the course of the twentieth century, and the impact of law on every major feature of American life in that century. White's two preceding volumes and this one constitute a definitive treatment of the role of law in American history
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Alger Hiss's looking-glass wars : the covert life of a Soviet spy
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes : law and the inner selfEarl Warren, a public lifeTort law in America : an intellectual historyAlger Hiss's looking-glass wars : the covert life of a Soviet spyOliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.Creating the national pastime : baseball transforms itself, 1903-1953The constitution and the New DealThe Eastern establishment and the Western experience : the West of Frederic Remington, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Wister
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White, G. E. 1941-

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White, George Edward.

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