Review of Hybrid Constitutions: Challenging Legacies of Law, Privilege, and Culture
Hybrid Constitutions is a comparative study of three early colonial constitutions in Maryland, Carolina, and Pennsylvania. It is a balanced, well-written account of seventeenth-century efforts to centralize control over Indian trade as a means of establishing a permanent political presence in the colonies. It is an important work that covers the early English experiments with utilizing patronage, capitalism, and other tools in order to impose English-law ways on the territories that would become Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Carolina.
Fletcher, Matthew. Review of Hybrid Constitutions: Challenging Legacies of Law, Privilege, and Culture, American Indian Culture and Research Journal 36, no. 1 (2012): 195-97. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)