- Schedule of Classes - April 21, 2021 7:14PM EDT
- Course Catalog - April 21, 2021 7:15PM EDT
Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.
European empires used the law to justify colonialism and project sovereign authority over distant territories. But the legal regimes imposed by imperial centers on colonial peripheries were jurisdictionally complex, overlapping, and contested by colonial actors on the ground. This course explores the role of law in the context of colonialism and imperialism in the Americas, ca. 1490 to 1800. We will consider the transmission and transformation of legal thought and practice throughout the Atlantic world, with a specific focus on the role of law in shaping racial identities, gender norms, imperial competition, and the ultimate unraveling of empires in the Americas. The course will examine the different legal regimes, from Roman civil law to English common law, that shaped societies in the Americas. And we will pay particular attention to actors in colonial spaces—from self-liberated Africans to European smugglers—who manipulated the complexity of imperial legal regimes to suit their own needs, shaping the trajectory of American history from the bottom-up in the process.
When Offered Spring.
Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS)
Course Subfield (HPE, HGS)
Credits and Grading Basis
4 Credits Graded(Letter grades only)
Class Number & Section Details
- ROnline Meeting
- Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
Instruction Mode: Online
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