The years from the end of the Civil War to the turn of the twentieth century, whether described as Reconstruction or the Gilded Age, are nicely bookended by the studies under review: two entries in the Landmark Law Cases and American Society series from the University Press of Kansas. Graduate students in need of reading list material and scholars of the law will find these books incisive and provocative, but those who teach will have the greatest use for these works. For them, N. E. H. Hull's account should prove the most helpful.The full review is available here.
Professor Hoffer circulated a response to this review to H-Law subscribers. It is available here.