Richard Hamm

Explores the interaction of law and society in American History

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Richard Hamm

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History

Temperance movement; crime and trials; civil liberties

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Richard F. Hamm's research interests focus on the interaction of law and society in the American past. His work focuses on how ideas, individuals, and structures have combined to shape law and how law has determined the courses of government officials, reformers, and ordinary people.

Hamm is currently researching the National Woman's Party efforts through constitutional litigation to make jury service for women a federal right, as well as Arthur Garfield Hays' contribution to the history of American civil liberties.

His publications include Murder, Honor, and Law: Four Virginia Homicides between Reconstruction and the Great Depression (University of Virginia Press for the American South Series, 2003) and Shaping the Eighteenth Amendment: Temperance Reform, Legal Culture and the Polity, 1880-1920 (North Carolina Press for the Studies in Legal History Series, 1995).