Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date


Publication Information

10 Am. J. Legal Hist. 201 (1966)


A review of Anton-Herman Chroust’s 1965 study on lawyers and the status of the legal profession in the United States from early colonial days to 1830.

Though the review praises the wealth of facts and detail in the work it argues that Chroust is more interested in glorifying the early American legal profession rather than analyzing the conditions for its growth. It also contends that Chroust does not organize his material according to a coherent theory or conceptual scheme. The review, in addition, asserts that Chroust focuses too much on the pious and self-righteous rhetoric lawyers at the time, assuming that such rhetoric was widely shared by lawyers rather than exploring what lawyers were really like.


Reprinted with permission from the American Journal of Legal History.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.