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American Legal History from 1865 - Present (Law & Liberty) - Summer 2015

HIUS 151 covered “liberty and the law,” ranging from the supremacy of contract law in the nineteenth century; to the controversies of wiretapping, civil rights (race, gender, disability), and abortion in the twentieth; and ending with the NSA in the twenty­-first.

I taught American Legal History from 1865 - Present (Law & Liberty) - Summer 2015 (HIUS 151) in Summer 2015 at the University California, San Diego.


Syllabus


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HIUS 151 covered “liberty and the law,” ranging from the supremacy of contract law in the nineteenth century; to the controversies of wiretapping, civil rights (race, gender, disability), and abortion in the twentieth; and ending with the NSA in the twenty-first. There was was a module focused on disability and the law as part of civil rights. I did not expect students to be either a history majors or legal specialists. The class mixed discussion and argument and gave students knowledge to make a difference in the world, not just in academia.

This Summer II (condensed) class was primarily a seminar class, meaning we interacted with each other instead of listening exclusively to me.

The Statue of Liberty

What did we cover again?

We covered American legal history after 1865. What does that mean? It means everything from the tyranny of contract law in the nineteenth century (“liberty of contract”); to the FDA in the early twentieth century; civil rights (race, disability, and more), wiretaps, contraception, and abortion in the twentieth century; and the NSA in the twenty-first century.

Our focus was on making students more effective citizens, not on academic debate. We did this through discussion and argument, and I tried to give students a taste of what they might experience in law school (but I think I was nicer!).