Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


WMQ  &   EMSI Workshop—Early American Legal Histories

May 29–30, 2015 • Stewart R. Smith Board Room, The Huntington Library

Introduction | Program: May 29 • May 30
9:00–9:30 a.m.
Coffee
9:30–10:30
Welcome and Introduction

Welcome Peter C. Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute
Joshua Piker, William and Mary Quarterly

Convener’s Introduction
Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania

10:00–11:00
Session 1

Chair: Joshua Piker, William and Mary Quarterly

“Partus sequitur ventrem vs. nullius filius: Rethinking the Development of Slave Law in the Atlantic World”
Jennifer Spear, Simon Fraser University
Kathleen Brown, University of Pennsylvania

Saul Cornell, Fordham University, Respondent

11:00–12:00 p.m.
Session 2

Chair: Joshua Piker, William and Mary Quarterly

“‘The Eyes of Many Are On Us:’ The Struggle for Gospel Order in Quaker Pennsylvania”
Michael Goode, Utah Valley University

Alexandre Dubé, Washington University in St. Louis, Respondent

12:00–1:30
Lunch
1:30–2:30
Session 3

Chair: Joshua Piker, William and Mary Quarterly

“‘Since We Came out of this Ground’: Indigenous Legal Norms in the Eighteenth-Century Ohio Valley”
Craig Yirush, University of California, Los Angeles

Honor Sachs, Western Carolina University, Respondent

2:30–3:30
Session 4

Chair: Brett Rushforth, William and Mary Quarterly

“‘Till Death Do Us Part:’ Marriage, Inheritance, and the Rise of Equity Law in Colonial Jamaica”
Christine Walker, Texas Tech University

Helen Dewar, University of Toronto, Respondent

3:30–4:00
Coffee
4:00–5:00

“The Past, Present, and Future of Early American Legal History”

Bruce H. Mann, Harvard Law School

Registration is limited; requests for registration and access to the workshop papers should be sent to Tracy Hess (tshess@wm.edu).