Over the course of his career at Harvard, Morton Horwitz changed the questions legal historians ask. "The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860" (1977) disclosed the many ways that judge-made law favored commercial and property interests and remade law to promote economic growth. "The Transformation of American Law, 1870-1960" (1992) continued that project, with a focus on ideas that reshaped law as we struggled for objective and neutral legal responses to our country's crises. In more recent years he has written extensively on the legal realists and the Warren Court. Following an earlier festschrift volume by his former students, this volume includes essays by Horwitz' colleagues at Harvard and those from across the academy, as well as his students. These essays assess specific themes in Horwitz' work, from the antebellum era to the Warren Court, from jurisprudence to the influence of economics on judicial doctrine. The essays are, like Horwitz, provocative and original as they continue his transformation of American legal history.
Daniel W. Hamilton is Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Alfred L. Brophy is Reef C. Ivey II Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. Martha Minow is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. Morton J. Horwitz is a graduate of City College of New York and received a doctorate in Government and a law degree from Harvard University. Author of numerous articles in law and history, Mr. Horwitz is Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, where he teaches legal history. Hendrik Hartog is Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University. G. Edward White is David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and the author of numerous books, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars. William E. Forbath is Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair at the University of Texas School of Law. Robert A. Ferguson is George Edward Woodberry Professor in Law, Literature, and Criticism, Columbia University. Owen M. Fiss is Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School. Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University and author of many books, including A History of American Law, Crime and Punishment in American History, and American Law in the Twentieth Century. Elizabeth Borgwardt is Associate Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis.