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Dr. Jonathan McGovern: The Tudor Sheriff and the New Administrative History

Editor's Note: Oxford University Press will be publishing Jonathan McGovern's book, The Tudor Sheriff: A Study in Early Modern Administration, in early 2022. Dr. McGovern recently agreed to provide our readers a short preview of the book. The sheriff is one of the most iconic local officials in the United States. Many of us living...

Dr. Rebecca DeWolf Discusses Gendered Citizenship: The Original Conflict Over the Equal Rights Amendment, 1920-1963

Editor’s Note: Rebecca DeWolf's book, Gendered Citizenship: The Original Conflict over the Equal Rights Amendment, 1920-1963, was recently published by The University of Nebraska Press. Dr. DeWolf discussed her research and some of the big ideas within the book with The Docket this past December. Here is our conversation. The Docket [TD]: Rebecca, thanks so...

D.P. Waddilove Reviews Sir John Baker’s English Law Under Two Elizabeths (2021)

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt of D.P. Waddilove's review of Sir John Baker's English Law Under Two Elizabeths, which appears in Law and History Review 39, no. 4 (2021). Sir John Baker, English Law Under Two Elizabeths: The Late Tudor Legal World and the Present, The Hamlyn Lectures 2019, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,...

Ryan Reft: Gayer v. Schlesinger and LGBTQ Legal History Sources at the Library of Congress

San Francisco resident and LGBT activist, Richard Gayer had had enough. A plaintiff in a suit against the government regarding the denial of his security clearance due to his homosexuality, Gayer wrote angrily to appellate judge Charles Fahy following a 1973 decision in Gayer, et al v. Schlesinger, focusing notably on footnote 14. “The body...

The Docket Interviews Jenny Huangfu Day

Ed. Note: Dr. Jenny Huangfu Day's article, "The Enigma of a Taiping Fugitive: The Illusion of Justice and the 'Political Offence Exception' in Extradition from Hong Kong," appeared in Law and History Review 39, no. 3 (August, 2021), 415-50. Dr. Day discussed her path to this topic as well as some of her broader scholarly...