The Jury in Lincoln's America
Publication Year: 2015
Published by: Ohio University Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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List of Illustrations
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Through an examination of the jury and of the law in the vibrant and dynamic environment of antebellum Illinois and through an analysis of the jury trials of the state’s most famous son, this book seeks to demonstrate the importance of the jury and, by extension, the law to nineteenth-century Americans....
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Abraham Lincoln’s America
When the young Abraham Lincoln moved to Indiana with his family in 1816, permanent settlement in the developing states of the Old Northwest Territory was just under way. In 1830, when the Lincoln family crossed the Wabash River to relocate in central Illinois, the states and territories of what was then the emerging Midwest...
Chapter One: Jury Law and Tradition in the Antebellum Midwest
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Antebellum midwesterners did not, of course, invent the institution of the jury. Rather, they inherited it from a long-standing Anglo tradition, the common law of England, the Northwest Ordinance, the American Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. From the establishment of the Old Northwest to the entrance into the Union of the states of Ohio (in 1803), Indiana (1816), Illinois (1818), ...
Chapter Two: The Composition of Juries in Sangamon County, Illinois, 1830–60
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In the spring of 1833, when he was an unaccomplished but ambitious young man living in the tiny village of New Salem, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln served as a juror in the Sangamon County Circuit Court. Just months earlier, he had briefly served in the Black Hawk War and had lost election to the Illinois General Assembly. ...
Chapter Three: The Work of Jurors in the Antebellum Illinois Courtroom
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What was it like to serve on a jury in antebellum Illinois? What did jurors do? What cases did they hear? What types of verdicts did they render? And what did jury verdicts mean for defendants and civil litigants who were subject to them? This chapter seeks to address such questions and to provide some answers about the service of jurors and...
Chapter Four: The Struggle for Legal Power in Lincoln’s America
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As antebellum Americans witnessed the rise of the professional classes and the development of professional expertise, they came to expect a greater level of competence from those in positions of authority. The advent of lawsuits for medical malpractice, personal injury, and negligence on the part of corporations and businesses during...
Appendix: Annotated Appellate Case List
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Publication Year: 2015