About the Book Series

This series aims to publish the highest quality work in legal history by both junior and senior scholars. Our goal is to produce monographs that take a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches, but always with respect for historical and legal change. The series is dedicated to the understanding of law as both a product of and contributor to history.

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Kristin A. Olbertson

The Dreadful Word Speech Crime and Polite Gentlemen in Massachusetts, 1690–1776

Kristin A. Olbertson. Cambridge University Press (March 2022). This book, the first comprehensive study of criminal speech in eighteenth-century New England, traces how the criminalization, prosecution, and punishment of speech offenses in Massachusetts helped to establish and legitimate a social and cultural regime of politeness. Learn More

Latest News

  • December 11, 2020

    Martha S. Jones on the Hard Histories at Hopkins Project

    Professor Martha S. Jones, author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, recently published a fascinating opinion piece in the Washington Post reflecting on her work researching the history of Johns Hopkins University and its ties to slavery.

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  • September 20, 2018

    Devastation without Representation in Puerto Rico

    In an opinion piece for the LA Times, published on the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Professor Sam Erman writes of devastation without representation in Puerto Rico. You can read the piece here. Learn more about Erman’s work by viewing his video interviews and reading about his forthcoming book with the series, Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S.

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