Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Maine woods, cattle pounds, and the origins of law

Mark Weiner's "Worlds of Law" blog has a nice video posting called "Maine Meets Maine" (thanks to Legal History Blog for noting it) in which he talks about the origins of an ancient legal institution, the cattle pound. The piece is an interesting opening for thinking about the historical connections between environment and law, in particular about how environmental history might help us understand the history of law. The shots of old stone walls overgrown with forest are the perfect background.

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