In a Defiant Stance: The Conditions of Law in Massachusetts Bay, the Irish Comparison, and the Coming of the American Revolution
The minimum of violence accompanying the success of the American Revolution resulted in large part, argues this book, from the conditions of law the British allowed in the American colonies. By contrast, Ireland's struggle for independence was prolonged, bloody, and bitter largely because of the repressive conditions of law imposed by Britain.
Examining the most rebellious American colony, Massachusetts Bay, Professor Reid finds that law was locally controlled while imperial law was almost nonexistent as an influence on the daily lives of individuals. In Ireland the same English common law, because of imperial control of legal machinery, produced an opposite result. The Irish were forced to resort to secret, underground violence.
The author examines various Massachusetts Bay institutions to show the consequences of whig party control, in contrast to the situation in 18th-century Ireland. A general conclusion is that law, the conditions of positive law, and the matter of who controls the law may have more significant effects on the course of events than is generally assumed.
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In the Very Face of Government The American Comparison
It Signifies Little Who Is Governor The Locus of Law
Source from Whence the Clamors Flow The Conditions Law
Democracy Is Too Prevalent in America The Civil Traverse Jury
Juries Lie Open to Management The Uses of the Grand Jury
In Defiance of the Threats The Criminal Traverse Jury
Unless Laws Are Enforced The Legitimacy of Whig Law
By Consent of the Council The Import of Local Control
Disjointed and Independent of Each Other The Conditions of Imperial Law
The Government They Have Set Up The Emergence of Whig Government
The Oppression of Centuries The Irish Comparison
A Most Dreadful Ruin The Legal Mind of BritishRuled Ireland
To Effect a Revolution The Execution of Imperial Law
Enforced by Mobs The Rule of Law