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Research Interests: American legal history; late 19th-century American political history.
The Chicago Board of Trade, 1858-1905: The Dynamics of Self Regulation, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979.) Recipient of the 1980 Genevieve Herfurth award from the University of Wisconsin "for outstanding research in social sciences."
Law and the Nation, 1865-1912, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983), reprinted 1985.
Arming Military Justice--Origins of the United States Court of Military Appeals, 1775-1950. Volume I of the Official History of this Court, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, l992).
Pursuing Military Justice--History of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1950-1980, Volume II of the official History of this Court, (Princeton University Press 1998.)
with Ronald Labbe, The Slaughterhouse Cases: Regulation, Reconstruction and the Fourteenth Amendment, (University Press of Kansas, 2003.) Received the Scribes award in 1994 for the best law book written in 1993.
The Chase Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy, (ABC Clio, 2004).
William Howard Taft: The Travails of a “Progressive Conservative,” (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
American legal history; late 19th-century American political history.