Lone Star Law

Lone Star Law

A Legal History of Texas

American Liberty and Justice

by Michael Ariens

Foreword by Gordon Morris Bakken

Published by: Texas Tech University Press

Imprint: Texas Tech University Press

384 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00

  • Hardcover
  • 9780896726956
  • Published: October 2011


  • Paperback
  • 9780896729797
  • Published: October 2016


Michael Ariens proves that no state possesses a richer or more surprising legal history than Texas. In narrative as engaging as it is accessible, he has produced an overarching consideration of Lone Star law and legal culture—something notably missing in other Texas histories. After taking readers chronologically from early settlement through 1920, Ariens focuses on particular areas of Texas law, including property, family, business, criminal, and civil harms (tort), and on the history of Texas’s legal profession itself. Through illuminating and utterly Texan particulars, Ariens helps us understand a place at once southern and western, Spanish and Mexican, republic and state.