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Books Over Breakfast: 'Uncommon Law'

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A Vermont attorney has written "Uncommon Law, Ancient Roads, and Other Ruminations on Vermont Legal History," a book about the state's legal history and how laws shaped our state.

Vermont was born in conflict and existed as an independent political community until becoming the 14th state in 1791. During those early years Vermonters had to chart their own course in matters of law. From these unique origins, the history of law in Vermont traces the evolution of social and economic developments over time and provides a fascinating lens for understanding the history of the Green Mountain State.

The 25 essays collected in this new book from the Vermont Historical Society examine the founda­tions of legal thought in Vermont, historical issues ranging from log drives to the keeping of sheep to blue laws, the state's legal luminaries, and contemporary issues including ancient roads and Act 250.

On Aug. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a book signing with author Paul Gillies at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street, Montpelier. It is open to the public free of charge. Please call 802-479-8519 or you can purchase the book online: www.vermonthistory.org/store.

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