The Reasonableness of the Law The Reasonableness of the Law
By Charles W. Bacon and Franklyn S. Morse
2000/04 - Beard Books - Law Classic
1893122867 - Paperback - Reprint - 414 pp.

An interesting discourse on law as the perfection of reason, and showing that the law is the application of reason to the problems of social control.

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Category: Law

This title is part of the Lawyering list.

Of Interest:

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General Theory of Law

Law: Its Origin, Growth and Function

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Readings in Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy

This volume is engrossing and thought-provoking reading for students of history, government and the law. To support the premise that the causes and forms of law are found in the experience of mankind, the authors explore the origins of law, the progress of law, and the principles of law in its reasonableness. Law is founded on principles of right and wrong that never change, but the application of these rules varies with changes in social and economic conditions and in conceptions of right and justice. Covered in this illuminating discourse are the legal bases of American governments, constitutional law, equity as a law of prevention, international law, and statute law.

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Charles W. Bacon was a member of the New York Bar and the author of The American Plan of Government.

Franklyn S. Morse was an instructor in history in the Collegiate School of New York City. 

Part I. The Legal Basis of American Governments 1
I. Establishment of the Colonial Governments 3
II. Establishment of the United States Government 11
III. Establishment of the State Governments 17
Part II. Constitutional Law 25
IV. Contents of American Constitutions 27
V. The Division of Governmental Powers 51
VI. Constitutional Guaranties 67
VII. The Police Power 73
VIII. The Power to Regulate Commerce 100
IX. The Construction and Interpretation of Constitutions 108
Part III. The American Common Law: an Unwritten Law of Government 129
X. Establishment of Un-enacted Law in the United States 131
XI. Rules of American Common Law 145
XII. Common Law Cases 168
XIII. Common Law Remedies 174
Part IV. Equity: A Law of Prevention 179
XIV. Evolution of Equity in the United States 181
XV. Maxims of Equity 191
XVI. Proceedings in Equity 212
XVII. Remedies in Equity 233
Part V. International Law 235
XVIII. Growth of International Law 237
XIX. Principles of International Law 258
XX. Enforcement of International Law 287
Part VI. Statute Law 295
XXI. The Enacted Law 297
XXII. Enactment of Statutes 305
XXIII. Constitutionality of Statutes: State 322
XXIV. Constitutionality of Statutes: Federal 352
XXV. Construction and Interpretation of Statutes 368
Constitution of the United States 377
Index 393

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