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- DescriptionChallenging traditional accounts of the development of American private law, Peter Karsten offers an important new perspective on the making of the rules of common law and equity in nineteenth-century courts. The central story of that era, he finds, was a struggle between a jurisprudence of the head, which adhered strongly to English precedent, and a jurisprudence of the heart, a humane concern for the rights of parties rendered weak by inequitable rules and a willingness to create exceptions or altogether new rules on their behalf. Karsten first documents the tendency of jurists, particularly those in the Northeast, to resist arguments to alter rules of property, contract, and tort law. He then contrasts this tendency with a number of judicial invations - among them the sanctioning of 'deep pocket' jury awards and the creation of the attractive-nuisance rule - designed to protect society's weaker members. In tracing the emergence of a pro-plaintiff, humanitarian jurisprudence of the heart, Karsten necessarily addresses the shortcomings of the reigning, ecomic-oriented paradigm regarding judicial rulemaking in nineteenth-century America. Originally published in 1997. A UNC Press Enduring Edition - UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital techlogy to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.
- Author BiographyPeter Karsten, author of numerous books and articles on military, cultural, and legal history, is professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, USA and codirector of the Pittsburgh Center for Social History.
- Author(s)Peter Karsten
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleStudies in Legal History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
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