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dc.contributor.authorSawyer, Jeffrey K.
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-11T16:59:22Z
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dc.description.abstractDespising lawyers has been popular for centuries, and knowing when to take it seriously is often difficult. Since the 1640s in England, vicious attacks on lawyers and the common law have occasionally accompanied reform movements. Are these outbursts evidence of a long-term tradition of radical hostility towards the legal establishment? Or do they point to a tradition of political posturing with little real substance? With respect to early America, some very good historians have come to differing conclusions on these questions. Maxwell Bloomfield suggests that, while radical in tone, the attack on lawyers was rooted in essentially middle-class values and was not seriously connected to an ideology of social leveling or egalitarianism. He nevertheless demonstrates elegantly that the anti-lawyer sentiment of the Jacksonian period was part of a longer-term and culturally pervasive pattern. Richard Ellis's work, in partial contrast, documents radical attacks on the legal establishment during the Jeffersonian years, notably in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Other legal historians have often stressed that fundamentally different conceptions of law, lawyers, judges, juries, and courts shaped the legal politics of Americans in the post-revolutionary years.en_US
dc.format.extent40 Pagesen_US
dc.genrejournal articlesen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/M2862BC9C
dc.identifier.citationSawyer, J.K. (1993). Distrust of the Legal Establishment in Perspective: Maryland During the Early National Years. Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 2(1), 1-40.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11603/7312
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dc.publisherGeorgia Journal of Southern Legal Historyen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Baltimore
dc.subjectamerican historyen_US
dc.subjectMaryland historyen_US
dc.subjectlegal historyen_US
dc.subjectdistrust of lawyersen_US
dc.subjectanti-lawyer sentimenten_US
dc.subjectlegal establishmenten_US
dc.titleDistrust of the Legal Establishment in Perspective: Maryland During the Early National Yearsen_US
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