The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources II, 1763–1970

The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources II, 1763-1970 is a fully searchable digital archive of United States state and territorial codes, municipal codes, and constitutional conventions and compilations. This collection's easy-to-use search engine makes it possible to seek out one-time information throughout dozens of disparate texts, allowing for the thorough researching of nearly every aspect of American legal development.

Quick Facts

  • Over 1.6 million pages
  • Cross-searchable with The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1926

Significance:  The term “primary sources” is used not in the historian’s sense of a manuscript, letter or diary, but rather in the legal sense of a case, statute or regulation. The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1763-1970 brings together in one place many of the important documents that have been lost, destroyed, or previously inaccessible to researchers of American legal history around the world. 

Topics addresssed in this collection include:

  • Debate over slavery and race law after Reconstruction
  • Due process
  • Native American & U.S. Government relations
  • African Americans and women's right to vote
  • Progressive Era and New Deal legislation
  • Crime and punishment (penal codes)
  • Health and safety codes
  • Business and corporate law
  • Revenue and taxation
  • Welfare and labor
  • Military and veterans affairs
  • Education and school systems
  • Transportation
  • And so much more

Source:  The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources II, 1620-1970 was sourced from the Harvard Law School Library, the Yale Law Library, and the Law Library of Congress.

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