History

The American Blackstone

JUSTICE Joseph Story is a towering figure in American legal history. He was born into an aristocratic family in the state of Massachusetts. Largely self-educated, he graduated from Harvard in 1798 and was admitted to the Bar in 1801. He served as a state and federal legislator, a US District Court Judge, and was ultimately appointed to the US Supreme Court in 1811, at the age...

Sail to steam

Jeffrey A Weiss, professor at the State University of New York maritime college, looks at a few examples of how maritime law and regulations were altered by the transition from sail to steam THE transition from sail to steam in the 19th century was an event of enormous significance in the history of ocean transportation. The steamship shortened the trip between Europe and the...