Lone Star Law: A Legal History of Texas

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-10-15
  • Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr
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Michael Ariens proves that no state possesses a richer or more surprising legal history than Texas. In narrative as engaging as it is accessible, he has produced an overarching consideration of Lone Star law and legal culture--something notably missing in other Texas histories. After taking readers chronologically from early settlement through 1920, Ariens focuses on particular areas of Texas law, including property, family, business, criminal, and civil harms (tort), and on the history of Texas's legal profession itself. Through illuminating and utterly Texan particulars, Ariens helps us understand a place at once southern and western, Spanish and Mexican, republic and state.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Creating Texas Law, 1718-1864p. 4
Law and Crises, 1865-1920p. 36
Land, Oil, Water, and Sea: The Law of Texasp. 71
The Railroad and Other Corporationsp. 113
Family Law and Cultural Changep. 151
The Legal Profession, Legal Education, and the Courtsp. 181
Criminal Law and Civil Rightsp. 211
Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, and Civil Lawp. 248
Conclusionp. 283
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 335
Indexp. 355
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