Legal Signposts

Legal Signposts

In Signposts, Sally E. Hadden and Patricia Hagler Minter have compiled seventeen essays by established and emerging scholars that point to new directions in the legal history of the South on a variety of topics, periods, and contexts. The essays will inspire today`s scholars to delve even deeper into the legal legacy of the South, just as David Bodenhamer and James Ely`s seminal 1984 book, Ambivalent Legacy, inspired an earlier generation to undertake the study of the legal history of the South. Signposts contributors explore a wide range of issues related to Southern constitutional and legal thought, including real estate and personal property, civil rights, higher education, gender, secession, redistribution, prohibition, lynching, legal institutions such as the grand jury, and conflicts between banks and bar associations. Some of the essayists deal with transatlantic links with the law of the South and marginalized groups such as women and indigenous peoples. Taken together, Signposts` essays show us that understanding how the law changes over time is essential to understanding the history of the South. Cast: Alfred L. Brophy, Lisa Lindquist Dorr, Laura F. Edwards, James W.

Ely Jr., Tim Alan Garrison, Sally E. Hadden, Roman J. Hoyos, Thomas N. Ingersoll, Jessica K. Lowe, Patricia Hagler Minter, Cynthia Nicoletti, Susan Richbourg Parker, Christopher W. Schmidt, Jennifer M. Spear, Christopher R. Waldrep, Peter Wallenstein, Charles L. Zelden. Using signposts can improve your writing by giving it structure and direction, but excessive signage creates unnecessary wording and can make it look like you don`t trust the reader`s ability to follow your argument, or graft signs to compensate for a poorly articulated argument. Here are some benchmarks that can do more harm than good: This captivating collection of essays shows how diverse and dynamic the field of Southern legal history has become. Signposts, from the intelligent introduction to the concluding essay, reminds us in countless ways, some familiar and many surprising, that Southerners used the law to define themselves and their region.

This collection is intended to serve as a foundation for the next generation of Southern legal history. [Wegweiser] explores everything from civil rights, inheritance, redistribution, prohibition, legal institutions and their development, and more, and they provide plenty of food for thought on social issues. The result is a scholarly collection recommended for any strong library in American regional history in general and Southern history and culture in particular. SIGNS, contracts, evidence. A sign of everything; a note or sign given without words. 2. Contracts are explicit or implied. The express ones are either orally or expressed in writing; The implicit is manifested by silence, by actions or by signs. 3. Among all nations, and at all times certain signs have been considered evidence of agreement or dissent; for example, nodding and shaking hands; 2 Bl.

Kom. 448; 6 Toull. O.C. 33; Heinnec., Antiq. Lib. 3, T. 23, No. 19; Silence and inaction, facts and signs are sometimes very strong evidence of cold reflection when following an issue. I ask you to lend me a hundred dollars without saying a word, put your hand in your pocket and give me the money. I go to the hotel and ask the owner if he can accommodate me and take care of my safe; Without speaking, he takes it out of my hand and sends it to his room.

By this action, he undoubtedly becomes responsible to me as a guarantor. After the expiry of a lease, the tenant remains in possession, without objection from the landlord; This can rightly be interpreted as a sign of consent to the extension of the lease. 13 Serg. and Rawle, 60.4. The learned author of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire notes in his 44th century. Chapter: “Among savage nations, the lack of letters is imperfectly provided by the use of visible signs that attract attention and maintain the memory of any public or private transaction. The jurisprudence of the early Romans showed scenes of a pantomime; The words were adapted to the gestures, and the slightest error or negligence in the procedural forms was enough to nullify the content of the fairest request. The communion of married life was marked by the necessary elements of fire and water: and the divorced woman resigned, the set of keys, by the handing over of which she had been endowed with the government of the family. The release of a son or slave was effected by turning him over with a slight blow on the cheek: work was forbidden by throwing a stone; The limitation period was interrupted by the termination of a branch; The clenched fist was the symbol of a pledge or deposit; The right hand was the gift of faith and trust. The binding of covenants was a broken drop of water; Weights and scales were introduced in every payment, and the heir who accepted a will was sometimes forced to snap his fingers, throw away his clothes, jump and dance with real or affected transportation.

When a citizen chased stolen property in a neighbor`s house, he hid his nakedness with a linen cloth and hid his own. Face with a mask or pelvis so that it does not meet the eyes of a virgin or matron. In a civil action, the plaintiff touched the ear of his witness, grabbed his reluctant opponent by the neck and sought the assistance of his fellow citizens in a solemn complaint. The two competitors took each other`s hands as if they were ready to fight before the praetor`s court: he ordered them to produce the object of the dispute; They left, they came back with measured steps, and a piece of earth was thrown at his feet to represent the field for which they were fighting. This occult science of the words and deeds of the law was the legacy of popes and patricians. Like Chaldean astrologers, they announced to their clients the days of business and rest; these important trifles were closely connected with the religion of Numa; and after the publication of the Twelve Tablets, the Roman people were still enslaved by ignorance of judicial procedures. The betrayal of some plebeian officers finally revealed the winning secret: in a more enlightened era, the legal steps were ridiculed and observed; and the same antiquity that sanctified the practice extinguished the use and meaning of this primitive language. This collection is truly top-notch, offering essays that innovate or offer new perspectives on more familiar topics.

While the individual essays are worth more than the price of admission, together they offer a rich insight into how law has shaped and shaped Southern society. Hadden and Minter have rendered an enormous service to the history of law by assembling this exceptional group of authors in a volume that emphasizes the vitality of Southern legal history and sets an ambitious agenda for future research. This exciting anthology promises to spark a new interest in the legal history of the South, raise new questions, refocus old perspectives, and shape research agendas for decades to come. Individual words and short sentences can be useful references, such as additional, but therefore also in contrast. But make sure you use these words correctly. However, should be used to focus on an opposing idea or recognize another side of an argument, and therefore indicates that an idea is the result or consequence of an idea or point discussed previously. Signposts that identify the order or direction of your argument can also be effective: for example, first, next, then, finally; Or first, second, third, and so on.

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