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extraordinary remedies

I’m currently remediating my book project Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago as a graphic history. As I engage more deeply in public projects, I am decidedly less interested in publishing a traditional monograph. And…

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columbus discovers chicago

As someone who delights in Chicago's metropolitan implications, I love this postcard of Columbus' caravels parked off the city's South Side. Spain donated the replicas for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. On the final day of the fair, the Nina,…

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map your world

  Martinez Zea, Map of Wireless Networks, Favela da Serra, Brazil Sociolegal scholars could learn much from cartography, suggests Boaventura de Sousa Santos. The relationship between law and social reality resembles that between maps and spatial reality. Indeed laws are maps:…

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something to send home

  As an interdisciplinary historian studying lawmakers and cultural brokers, I have a special affection for this lavishly illustrated nine-volume codex of eighteenth-century Peru, sent home to the King of Spain by Baltasar Jamie Martínez Compañón, aka the Bishop of…

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the creative process

  As a writer, I swing between heady visions of the powerhouse piece I am bequeathing to mankind and the stark realization that I’ve written yet another embarrassingly bad draft. As I slid towards the bottom of the curve one…

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walking the words

  Anna Deavere Smith performs oral histories in bare feet so that she can walk in the words of her subjects. An award-winning actress, playwright, teacher, and author, she is also pushing history/legal history into new domains. Deavere Smith explores…

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plain text

  This plain vanilla text from an 1886 Chicago Haymarket trial transcript sparked my interest in legal history. How cool to imagine a tape recorder capturing the testimony of a laborer present at the bombing and trial of suspected anarchists!…

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