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Legal Intellectuals in ConversationReflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory$
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James R. Hackney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737071

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737071.001.0001

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Legal Intellectuals in Conversation

Morton Horwitz

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This chapter presents an interview with Morton Horwitz, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at the Harvard Law School. Professor Horwitz has made major contributions in the field of American legal history. His Transformation of American Law, 1780–1860 (1977) and Transformation of American Law, 1870–1960 (1992) are canonical texts in the field of legal history. Professor Horwitz's major substantive fields are constitutional law and torts. He is also one of the founding figures in the critical legal studies movement. Topics covered during the interview include what is was like being a student at CCNY, now CUNY, in the early Sixties; Horwitz' s law school experience at Harvard; the influences of Martin Luther King and Walter Reuther on him; his career as a legal historian; and the differences between Transformation I and Transformation II.

Keywords:   critical legal studies movement, constitutional law, Harvard Law School, American legal history, critical legal studies, Morton Horwitz, torts

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