Making Legal Historians
This book presents chapters that offer an illuminating cross-section of the questions, sources, and narratives used by historians working in the field of American legal history today. Its goal is to honor William E. Bill Nelson's convictions about the historical enterprise, above all the central importance of identifying a genuine problem, undertaking original research, and telling a compelling story. The volume's contributors do not subscribe to a single programmatic theme or method. Instead, they ask different questions, use an array of sources, and tell their stories in individual ways. The remainder of the chapter briefly discusses Nelson's contributions to scholarship on American legal and constitutional history, followed by an overview of the subsequent chapters.
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