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Law and Development in the American West

Spring 2014 • LAW 610 • Credits: 2

Instructor: Karsten Rasmussen

Examines the relationship between legal doctrine and the economic, political, social and environmental context within which it originates and evolves. Emphasizes the history and development of law in the American West in the 19th Century from approximately 1800 (roughly the beginning of the final American push westward) to 1890/1902 (the so-called “closing of the frontier” and the date of the Reclamation Act respectively). Throughout our exploration of the legal history of this period, students will gain a better understanding of the evolution of the American Law through the development of property rights and sovereignty.

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