American Adoption Law During the Nineteenth Century Whitmore, William H. The Law of Adoption in the United States, and Especially in Massachusetts. Originally published: Albany: Joel Munsell, 1876. vii, 111 pp. Reprinted 2003 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584773443; ISBN-10: 1584773448. Hardcover. New. $29.95 * Reprint of first and only edition. In 1875 the Massachusetts legislature considered a proposal to revise the state's adoption laws. Before it proceeded, however, it commissioned this study from Whitmore to serve as a reference for the legislators. Written in two parts, the first contains the texts of laws and related cases from twenty-two states. He also includes a brief summary of relevant European statutes. Organized by topic, the second part describes how these laws compare and differ. Though written for a specific purpose, this study remains a valuable guide for the scholar of the history of adoption law or family law to all aspects of American adoption law during the nineteenth century.
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