Gregory Ablavsky, Review of Claire Priest, Credit Nation: Property Laws and Institutions in Early America

Claire Priest, Credit Nation: Property Laws and Institutions in Early America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021) pp 248. USD 39.95 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0691158761. When I teach property law, students are often surprised to discover how strongly American law favors alienability – the free sale and transfer of property, especially land. They sometimes ask how this presumption came about. This question now has a straightforward answer: I can give them Claire Priest’s excellent new book Credit Nation, which persuasively traces the rise of marketable title through key transformations in land and credit in early America in a remarkably compact account … (more)

Gregory Ablavsky, ‘Claire Priest, Credit Nation: Property Laws and Institutions in Early America’, American Journal of Legal History, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajlh/njab014. Published: 25 September 2021.

First posted 2021-09-30 13:15:41

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