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The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession

Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer


This book explores a series of extended public pronouncements that British North American colonial lawyers crafted from 1761 through 1776. Most, though not all, were composed outside of the courtroom and detached from ongoing litigation. Although these writings and speeches have been long studied as political theory, they are rarely viewed as the work product of active lawyers—this despite the fact that key protagonists in the story of American independence were members of the bar with extensive practices. This book is an attempt to broaden our understanding of the role that lawyering played i ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, lawyers, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Dickinson, James Otis Jr, Loyalists, George Grenville, Parliament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501726071
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501726071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Charles Hoffer, author
University of Georgia

Williamjames Hull Hoffer, author
Seton Hall University