Honors | How Law Matters (HON)
H204 | 11391 | Steve Conrad

TuTh 1:00-2:15pm
RE 2-120B

In this course we’ll sample a variety of topics in the field of
American legal history , ranging from colonial laws against
fornication to our regime of immigration law today. Our chief aim
will be to develop a critical appreciation of how scholars use
history to make arguments about American legal culture. We’ll
consider essays by historians whose respective
values/politics/methodologies vary greatly, one from the
other. Typically we'll focus on the author's strategy of
argumentation itself, argumentation as to how, and how much, law has
mattered in American history. The course will require routine
engaged participation in classroom discussion. There will be a
closed-book midterm exam. And there will be a final writing
assignment,in the nature of an essay relating some of the course
readings to matters of legal/political controversy today. A
tentative syllabus is available upon request; send an email to