Honors | How Law Matters (HON)
H204 | 22256 | Stephen Conrad


TuTh 1:00-2:15pm

In this course we'll sample a varity of essays on topics in the
field of American legal history. Our chief aim will be to develop a
critical appreciation of how scholars use history to make arguments
about American legal culture. More specifically, we'll sample
various arguments about how, and how much, law has mattered in
American history. Focus topics will range from the moral regime of
Puritan New England to the onset of the Civil War to New Deal social
programs to American immigration policy today -- such are examples
of our various topics. The course will call for routine engaged
participation in classroom discussion. And there will be very short
writing assignments about every other week, and a final paper, on
the order of five to seven pages in length. There will also be a
closed-book midterm exam. No student research will be required.
Virtually all the reading assignments will be in our single course
textbook, a widely used anthology entitled American Law and the
Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives (1988), ed. Lawrence
M. Friedman and Harry N. Scheiber. Prospective students might well
want to take a look at this anthology, in order to get a sense of
the nature of the reading assignments, typically one (rather short)
essay a week. Also, a syllabus is available upon request; send an
email to conrads@indiana.edu.