Focuses on the long nineteenth century, a period of rapid evolution for crime and its associated legal/penal systems. The nineteenth century was a period of major social upheaval and technological development. Almost all aspects of society underwent transformation during this time, and the law adapted to these changes.
A fully searchable archive of the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, digests, and more. The collection brings together in one place many of the important documents that have been lost, destroyed, or previously inaccessible to researchers of American legal history around the world.
The term “primary sources” is used not in the historian’s sense of a manuscript, letter, or diary, but rather in the legal sense of a case, statute, or regulation. This collection is a digital archive of cases, statues and regulations in America’s history.