Thomas H. Cox

Thomas H. Cox is an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University.

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Gibbons v. Ogden, Law, and Society in the Early Republic examines a landmark decision in American jurisprudence, the first Supreme Court case to deal with the thorny legal issue of interstate commerce. Decided in 1824, Gibbons v. Ogden arose out of litigation between owners of rival steamboat lines over passenger and freight routes between the neighboring states of New York and New Jersey.

“A highly original and much-needed book that puts Gibbons v. Ogden in historical context.… [A] major contribution to our understanding of a landmark case.”

Daniel W. Hamilton, author of The Limits of Sovereignty