Thomas McIntyre Cooley was a longserving chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he also served as the dean. He authored several highly influential books, including A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union. This lecture commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Cooley’s Constitutional Limitations. Charles W. McCurdy is a professor of history and law at the University of Virginia. His work focuses primarily on the sources and effects of legal change in United States history. His works include The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839–1865 (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1985–86.
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