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SYLLABUS – LEGAL HISTORY: HISTORY OF AMERICAN ECONOMIC REGULATION
Professor Kenneth W. Mack
Office: 404 Griswold; Telephone: 495-5473; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, or by appointment
Assistant: Carol Igoe, Griswold 4North, 496-1768, email@example.com
Required Texts: Multilithed Supplementary Materials will be available at the distribution center.
Course Requirements and Grades: Requirements to receive credit for this course are regular class attendance and satisfactory completion of the eight-hour take-home final examination. Grades will be based on performance on the exam (during which students will be expected to demonstrate critical engagement with the course materials), and classroom participation. Class participation can raise your final score on the examination by 20%.
Assignments: Each of the following assignments covers approximately one week of class.
First Class Assignment: Read the Horwitz and Coase excerpts from Topic 1. Each author is trying to deal with the role of law in the transition to a market economy. How would one write the legal history of such a transformation differently from the perspectives of each author?
I. Law and the Economy: Contract and Regulation.
II. The Rise of the Business Corporation: From Public to Private?
• “The Long Johns” on the South Sea Bubble. Watch it here.
• Melvin Urofsky, The Case of the Rival Steamboat Operators, in his Supreme Decisions, 33-37. Course pack:
• Livingston & Fulton v. Van Ingen et al, 9 Johns 507 (N.Y. 1812).
• Farwell v. Boston & Worcester Railroad, 4 Met. (45 Mass.) 49 (1842).
• Christopher Tomlins, Law, Labor and Ideology in the Early American Republic, 294-305. Course Pack:
• Ida Tarbell, The History of the Standard Oil Company, excerpt. Course Pack:
• Horwitz, Transformation II, Chapter 3.
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