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.
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

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

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

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


“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 (