Prestatehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide, Including New York City and the District of Columbia, Volume 2

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Michael G. Chiorazzi, Marguerite Most
Psychology Press, 2005 - Law - 1500 pages
Explore the controversial legal history of the formation of the United States

Prestatehood Legal Materials is your one-stop guide to the history and development of law in the U.S. and the change from territory to statehood. Unprecedented in its coverage of territorial government, this book identifies a wide range of available resources from each state to reveal the underlying legal principles that helped form the United States. In this unique publication, a state expert compiles each chapter using his or her own style, culminating in a diverse sourcebook that is interesting as well as informative.

In Prestatehood Legal Materials, you will find bibliographies, references, and discussion on a varied list of source materials, including:
  • state codes drafted by Congress
  • county, state, and national archives
  • journals and digests
  • state and federal reports, citations, surveys, and studies
  • books, manuscripts, papers, speeches, and theses
  • town and city records and documents
  • Web sites to help your search for more information
  • and more
Prestatehood Legal Materials provides you with brief overviews of state histories from colonization to acceptance into the United States. In this book, you will see how foreign countries controlled the laws of these territories and how these states eventually broke away to govern themselves. The text also covers the legal issues with Native Americans, inter-state and the Mexico and Canadian borders, and the development of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government.

This guide focuses on materials that are readily available to historians, political scientists, legal scholars, and researchers. Resources that assist in locating not-so-easily accessible materials are also covered. Special sections focus on the legal resources of colonial New York City and Washington, DC--which is still technically in its prestatehood stage. Due to the enormity of this project, the editor of Prestatehood Legal Materials created a Web page where updates, corrections, additions and more will be posted.
 

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Contents

The Alabama Territory 18171819
8
Constitution and the Transition to Statehood
14
Alaska Prestatehood Legal Research Resources
31
and Research Guide
51
Arkansas Law Before Statehood
99
Sixteenth Century to 1876
145
A Guide to Connecticut Prestatehood
161
Colonial Delaware Legal Bibliography
175
A Selected
409
Territorial Period 18541861
417
Bibliography of Kansas Legal History Resources
429
Bibliography of Legal Materials
433
A Bibliographic Survey of Sources
463
Maine Prestatehood Legal Materials
481
The District of Maine 16911820
489
Maryland Prestatehood Legal Materials
501

Colonial Records Project 837
181
The Legal History of the District of Columbia
219
History of the Courts in the District of Columbia
228
Legal Developments Leading to Statehood 1323
232
on Prestatehood Florida
249
Governors 1361
261
Georgia Prestatehood Legal Research
277
Hawaii Prestatehood Legal Materials
287
Officers and Agencies 1363
314
Frontier Justice in the Territory of Idaho
331
Legislative Branch 846
333
Secondary Sources
340
Illinois Legal Research Before Statehood
349
Illinois in the Northwest Territory from 1787 to 1809
355
Indiana Prestatehood Legal Materials
365
Iowa Territory Legal Materials
387
Executive Branch 681
401
Judicial Branch
511
Legislative Branch
518
Executive Branch
527
Dutch Rule 795
535
Colonial Massachusetts Legal Resources
539
Secondary and Bibliographical Sources
551
Online Resources
559
Minnesota Legal Materials from Wilderness
581
Mississippi 16991817
603
Bourbon County Georgia 17851796
611
The State of Mississippi 1817
622
Missouri Prestatehood Legal Materials
631
Territorial Codes and Digests
637
Session Laws
649
Other Prestatehood Legal Materials
655
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