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Andrew Porwancher 
John Henry Wigmore and the Rules of Evidence 
The Hidden Origins of Modern Law: The Hidden Origins of Modern Law

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Honorable Mention, 2017 Scribes Book Award, The American Society of Legal Writers

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the United States was reeling from the effects of rapid urbanization and industrialization. Time-honored verities proved obsolete, and intellectuals in all fields sought ways to make sense of an increasingly unfamiliar reality. The legal system in particular began to buckle under the weight of its anachronism. In the midst of this crisis, John Henry Wigmore, dean of the Northwestern University School of Law, single-handedly modernized the jury trial with his 1904-5 Treatise onevidence, an encyclopedic work that dominated the conduct of trials. In so doing, he inspired generations of progressive jurists—among them Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Benjamin Cardozo, and Felix Frankfurter—to reshape American law to meet the demands of a new era. Yet Wigmore’s role as a prophet of modernity has slipped into obscurity. This book provides a radical reappraisal of his place in the birth of modern legal thought.

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Andrew Porwancher is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches legal history. Dr. Porwancher is also the author of The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2016). Currently, he is at work on The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden Life (under contract with Harvard University Press). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Supreme Court History, History of Education, Journalism History, Paedagogica Historica, and American Educational History Journal. Dr. Porwancher has been awarded fellowships at Oxford (2013-2014), the American Jewish Historical Society (2015), the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (2016), Yeshiva (2017), and Princeton (2018). At the University of Oklahoma, he serves as a faculty fellow at Headington College and on the Faculty Advisory Board of the Center for the History of Liberty.
Language English ● Format EPUB ● ISBN 9780826273635 ● File size 1.9 MB ● Publisher University of Missouri Press ● Published 0031 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 5848313 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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