Review of Hybrid Constitutions: Challenging Legacies of Law, Privilege, and Culture

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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.


Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.