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Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law

Brown, Katherine
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Brown, Katherine
Advisor
McCurdy, Charles
Abstract
“Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law,” is the first comprehensive, scholarly analysis of Alexander Hamilton’s influence on American jurisprudence, and it provides a new approach to our understanding of the growth of federal judicial and executive power in the new republic. By exploring Hamilton's policy objectives through the lens of the law, my dissertation argues that Hamilton should be understood and evaluated as a foundational lawmaker in the early republic. He used his preferred legal toolbox, the corpus of the English common law, to make lasting legal arguments about the nature of judicial and executive power in republican governments, the boundaries of national versus state power, and the durability of individual rights. Not only did Hamilton combine American and inherited English principles to accomplish and legitimate his statecraft, but, in doing so, Hamilton had a profound influence on the substance of American law, the contours of federalism, and the expansion of federal judicial and executive power in the early national period.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2015
Published Date
2015-04-24
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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