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The American Legal History Podcast

Dec 25, 2020

The most interesting fact about the American Revolution, which makes it unique in the annals of all our wars, is that it was the unintended consequence of a dispute about the law. Two principle arguments emerged on both sides of the Atlantic and it was the failure to reconcile these competing views of the law that led to open warfare in 1775, and the decision in 1776 of 13 of the British colonies to declare their independence. In episode eleven we will examine the legal arguments on both sides, the role of the French & Indian War as a prime mover in the dispute, the Royal Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act, important court cases and more.