Someday All This Will Be Yours: Adoption, Contract and Duty in Capitalist America

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Hendrik A. Hartog is the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1992. Professor Hartog has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin Law School, Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington and UCLA Law School.

Professor Hartog received an A.B. from Carleton College in 1970 and a J.D. in 1973 from New York University School of Law, where he was a Fiorello H. LaGuardia Prize Winner in Urban Law. Professor Hartog was a Crown Fellow in the History of American Civilization at Brandéis University from 1973 to 1977, where he also received an M.A. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1982.

Hendrik Hartog has been a member of the editorial board of Anglo-American Legal History at New York University School of Law since 1979. From 1981 to 1982, Professor Hartog held the American Bar Foundation Fellowship in Legal History. He was director of the Legal History Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Professor Hartog was an ACLS Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and, most recently, secretary of the Law and Society Association.

Hendrik Hartog has written extensively on the subject of family law. His list of publications includes Man and Wife in America, A History (Harvard University Press, 2000) and Law in Culture and Culture in Law: Essays in Honor of John Philip Reid (Madison House, 2000, co-edited with William Nelson). Professor Hartog has also penned numerous articles and book chapters, including “Lawyering, Husbands’ Rights, and the ‘Unwritten Law,’ in Nineteenth-Century America” Journal of American History (1997); “John Barry’s Custodial Rights: Of Power, justice, and Coverture” Justice of American History (Garth and Sarat, eds., 1997); “Abigail Bailey’s Coverture: Law in a Married Woman’s Consciousness,” Law in Everyday Life (Sarat and Kearns, eds., 1993); and “Marital Exits and Marital Expectations in 19th Century America,” Georgetown Law Journal (1991). He has also reviewed books in the American Historical Review and Journal of the History of the Early Republic, and co-authored (with Kristin Oakley and Jeanne Bourguignon) “American Family Law and American Family History: A Bibliography,” which was published by the Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1985).

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