This classic book helped create the modern field of American Legal History. It was the first casebook devoted exclusively to American legal and constitutional history, giving students not only an understanding of the development of American jurisprudence, but also a broader and better understanding of American history generally. Over the years new editions have included more materials on the legal history of race, criminal law, and the family, as well as the best writing in this increasingly-important area of legal studies. As the Supreme Court grows in importance to American law, the Court and its advocates and critics are increasingly turning to the history of American Law as a means of evaluating current and future jurisprudence. This casebook is an indispensable tool in that endeavor.