Canada's Legal Pasts: Looking Foreward, Looking Back

Edited by Lyndsay Campbell and Ted McCoy and Melanie Methot and Nick Austin and Eric H. Reiter and Christopher Shorey and Angela Fernandez and Catharine MacMillan and Alexandra Havrylyshyn and Jean-Phillipe Garneau and Shelley A. M. Gavigan and Dominique

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Canada's Legal Pasts presents new essays on a range of topics and episodes in Canadian legal history, provides an introduction to legal methodologies, shows researchers new to the field how to locate and use a variety of sources, and includes a combined bibliography arranged to demonstrate best practices in gathering and listing primary sources. It is an essential welcome for scholars who wish to learn about Canada's legal pasts-and why we study them.

Telling new stories-about a fishing vessel that became the subject of an extraordinarily long diplomatic dispute, young Northwest Mounted Police constables subject to an odd mixture of police discipline and criminal procedure, and more-this book presents the vibrant evolution of Canada's legal tradition. Explorations of primary sources, including provincial archival records that suggest how Quebec courts have been used in interfamilial conflict, newspaper records that disclose the details of bigamy cases, and penitentiary records that reveal the details of the lives and legal entanglements of Canada's most marginalized people, show the many different ways of researching and understanding legal history.

This is Canadian legal history as you've never seen it before. Canada's Legal Pasts dives into new topics in Canada's fascinating history and presents practical approaches to legal scholarship, bringing together established and emerging scholars in collection essential for researchers at all levels.

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  • Page Count: 372 pages
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Canada's Legal Pasts: Looking Foreward, Looking Back

Edited by Lyndsay Campbell and Ted McCoy and Melanie Methot and Nick Austin and Eric H. Reiter and Christopher Shorey and Angela Fernandez and Catharine MacMillan and Alexandra Havrylyshyn and Jean-Phillipe Garneau and Shelley A. M. Gavigan and Dominique

© 2020

Canada's Legal Pasts presents new essays on a range of topics and episodes in Canadian legal history, provides an introduction to legal methodologies, shows researchers new to the field how to locate and use a variety of sources, and includes a combined bibliography arranged to demonstrate best practices in gathering and listing primary sources. It is an essential welcome for scholars who wish to learn about Canada's legal pasts-and why we study them.

Telling new stories-about a fishing vessel that became the subject of an extraordinarily long diplomatic dispute, young Northwest Mounted Police constables subject to an odd mixture of police discipline and criminal procedure, and more-this book presents the vibrant evolution of Canada's legal tradition. Explorations of primary sources, including provincial archival records that suggest how Quebec courts have been used in interfamilial conflict, newspaper records that disclose the details of bigamy cases, and penitentiary records that reveal the details of the lives and legal entanglements of Canada's most marginalized people, show the many different ways of researching and understanding legal history.

This is Canadian legal history as you've never seen it before. Canada's Legal Pasts dives into new topics in Canada's fascinating history and presents practical approaches to legal scholarship, bringing together established and emerging scholars in collection essential for researchers at all levels.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
Lyndsay Campbell is an associate professor in Law and History at the University of Calgary.|
Ted McCoy is an assistant professor in Sociology at the University of Calgary|
Melanie Methot is an associate professor of History at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.

Foreword: A Student's Take on Canada's Legal Pasts
Nick Austin

Introduction: Canada's Legal Pasts: Looking Forward, Looking Back
Ted McCoy, Lyndsay Campbell, Mélanie Méthot

Part I: Illuminating Cases

Family Defamation in Quebec: The View from the Archives
Eric H. Reiter

Writing Penitentiary History
Ted McCoy

Analyzing Bigamy Cases without Archival Records: It Is Possible
Mélanie Méthot

Trial Pamphlets and Newspaper Accounts
Lyndsay Campbell

The Last Voyage of the Frederick Gerring, Jr
Christopher Shorey

The Textbook Edition of Kent's Commentaries Used in the Gerring
Angela Fernandez

Part II: Exploring Systems

Empire's Law: Archives and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Catharine MacMillan

Practising Law in the "Lawyerless" Colony of New France
Alexandra Havrylyshyn

Poursuivre son mari en justice au Bas-Canada: femmes mariées et coutume de Paris devant la cour du Banc du roi (1795-1830)
Jean-Philippe Garneau

Getting Their Man: The NWMP as Accused in the Territorial Criminal Court in the Canadian North-West, 1876-1905
Shelley A.M. Gavigan

Part III: Writing Legal History: Past, Present and Future

Sex Discrimination in Law: From Equal Citizenship to Human Rights Law
Dominique Clément

Legal-Historical Writing for the Canadian Prairies: Past, Present, Future
Louis A. Knafla

Primary source bibliography
Secondary source bibliography
Contributors
Index