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Categorizing Zipporah’s Petition

Let me begin by expressing how much I enjoyed reading and hearing Melinde Sanborn’s fascinating essay on Zipporah’s case. I cannot emphasize enough how valuable work like Sanborn’s is to historians such as myself who try to write synthetic histories … Continue reading

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Legal Turmoil in a Factious Colony: New York, 1664-1776

When Colonel Richard Nicolls, the first English governor of New York, arrived in the fall of 1664, two quite different legal systems confronted him. On Manhattan Island and along the Hudson River, sophisticated courts modeled on those of the Netherlands … Continue reading

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