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Constitutional History Book Review:The Birth of American Law: An It...
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Publish-date-icon October 10, 2014
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John Bessler, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, joins ConSource Executive Director Julie Silverbrook to discuss his new book about Cesare Beccaria, "The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution."

The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution tells the forgotten, untold story of the origins of U.S. law. Before the Revolutionary War, a 26-year-old Italian thinker, Cesare Beccaria, published On Crimes and Punishments, a runaway bestseller that shaped the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and early American laws. America’s Founding Fathers, including early U.S. Presidents, avidly read Beccaria’s book—a product of the Italian Enlightenment that argued against tyranny and the death penalty. Beccaria’s book shaped American views on everything from free speech to republicanism, to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” to gun ownership and the founders’ understanding of “cruel and unusual punishments,” the famous phrase in the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. In opposing torture and infamy, Beccaria inspired America’s founders to jettison England’s Bloody Code, heavily reliant on executions and corporal punishments, and to adopt the penitentiary system.

Available for purchase at: http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611636048/The-Birth-of-American-Law#

Read a short piece on Professor Bessler's book here (at pg. 34): http://issuu.com/ubaltlaw/docs/baltimore_law__fall_2014

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