The Catholic University of America

Maxwell Bloomfield
Professor Emeritus of Law
and
Professor Emeritus of History

 

Professor of Law and Professor of History: B.A., 1952, Rice University; LL.B., 1957, Harvard University; Ph.D., 1962, Tulane University; Columbus School of Law since 1985.

Maxwell Bloomfield was born in Galveston, Texas. He graduated with distinction from Rice University, and received an LL.B degree in 1957 from Harvard Law School. After working for two years in Houston, he entered the graduate program in American history at Tulane University and received his Ph.D. degree in 1962. He taught history for four years at Ohio State University before joining the History Department at The Catholic University of America in 1966. He accepted a joint appointment with the Columbus School of Law in 1985, and has taught courses in American legal and constitutional history in the Law School. In 1998 he retired from full-time teaching.

Professor Bloomfield has published widely in the fields of American legal and cultural history. He was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History, the premier organization of legal historian in the United States. He lives in Adelphi, Maryland with his wife.

 


 

BOOKS

American Lawyers in a Changing Society, 1776-1876. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1976.

Alarms and Diversions: The American Mind Through American Magazines, 1900-1914. The Hague: Mouton, 1967.

Law and American Literature: A Collection of Essays. New York: Knopf, 1983 (with Carl S. Smith, and John P. McWilliams).

Peaceful Revolution: Constitutional Change and American Culture from Progressivism to the New Deal: Harvard University Press, 2000.

BOOK CHAPTERS

"Women and the Family." In Law and Jurisprudence in American History: Cases and Materials, edited by Stephen B. Presser and Jamil S. Zainaldin. Second ed. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1989.

"Law: The Development of a Profession." In The Professions in American History, edited by Nathan O. Hatch. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1988.

"Western Lawyers and Judges: Image and Reality." In Law in the West, edited by David J. Langum. Manhattan, Kansas: Sunflower University Press, 1985.

"From Deference to Confrontation: The Early Black Lawyers of Galveston, Texas (1895-1920)." In The New High Priests: Lawyers in Post-Civil War America, edited by Gerard W. Gawalt. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1984.

"Lawyers and Public Criticism: Challenge and Response in Nineteenth-Century America." In Readings in the History of the American Legal Profession, edited by Dennis R. Roland. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1980.

"The Texas Bar in the Nineteenth Century." In Readings in the History of the American Legal Profession, edited by Dennis R. Nolan. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1980.

"William Sampson." In Law and American History: Cases and Materials, edited by Stephen B. Presser and Jamil S. Zainaldin. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1980.

"Law vs. Politics: The Self-Image of the American Bar (1830-1860)." In Essays in Nineteenth-Century American Legal History, edited by Wythe Holt. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1976.

"Dixon's The Leopard's Spots: A Study in Popular Racism." In White Racism: Its History, Pathology and Practice, edited by Barry N. Schwartz and Robert Disch. New York: Dell Publishing Co., 1970.

"Dixon's The Leopard's Spots: A Study in Popular Racism." In The Negro in the South Since 1865, edited by Charles E. Wynes. Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1965.

BOOK REVIEWS

?Review of American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract by Brook Thomas.? American Journal of Legal History 42 (January 1998).

"Review of A Rogue?s Paradise: Crime and Punishment in Antebellum Florida by John M. Denham." Florida Historical Quarterly 76 (Spring 1998): 476.

"Review of The Papers of John Marshall, Volume 8: Correspondence, Papers, and Selected Judicial Opinions, March 1814-December 1819." Journal of Southwest Georgia History 11 (1996): 126.

"Review of Logic and Experience: The Origin of Modern American Legal Education by William P. LaPiana." American Historical Review 100 (April 1995): 571.

"Review of Courting Danger: Injury and Law in New York City, 1870-1910 by Randolph E. Bergstrom." Journal of American History 81 (June 1994): 289.

"Review of Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitutional Reform, 1861-1876 by Kathleen Diffley." Journal of Southwest Georgia History 8 (Fall 1993): 100.

"Review of The Philadelphia Lawyer: A History, 1735-1945 by Robert R. Bell." Pennsylvania History 60 (July 1993): 416.

"Review of Power and Punishment in Scott's Novels by Bruce Beiderwell." American Journal of Legal History 37 (April 1993): 225.

"Review of Darrow (Television Program)." Journal of American History 79 (December 1992): 1277.

"Review of Federal Justice in California: The Court of Ogden Hoffman, 1851-1891 by Christian G. Fritz and Practicing Law in Frontier California by Gordon Morris Bakken." American Historical Review 97 (June 1992): 925.

"Review of American Mass-Market Magazines by Alan Nourie and Barbara Nourie." Journal of American History 78 (March 1992): 1549.

"Review of The Shaping of Nineteenth-Century Law: John Appleton and Responsible Individualism by David M. Gold." Journal of American History 78 (September 1991): 670.

"Review of Criminal Activity in the Deep South, 1700-1930: An Annotated Bibliography by A. J. Wright." Journal of American History 77 (March 1991): 1460.

"Review of The Transformation of Criminal Justice: Philadelphia, 1800-1880 by Allen Steinberg." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 115 (January 1991): 124.

"Review of The Magic Mirror by Kermit L. Hall." Benchmark 4 (Summer 1990): 293.

"Review of A Century of Judging: A Political History of the Washington Supreme Court by Charles H. Sheldon." Judicature 73 (August-September 1989): 113.

"Review of Cowtown Lawyers: Dodge City and Its Attorneys, 1878-1888 by C. Robert Haywood." Journal of the West 28 (July 1989): 97.

"Review of Models of Democracy by David Held." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 501 (January 1989): 196.

"Review of Framing the Criminal: Crime, Cultural Work, and the Loss of Critical Perspective, 1830-1900 by David Ray Papke." American Historical Review 93 (October 1988): 1116.

"Review of Law and Community on the Mexican California Frontier: Anglo-American Expatriates and the Clash of Legal Traditions, 1821-1846 by David J. Langum." Journal of the West 27 (January 1988): 109.

"Review of The Mining Law: A Study in Perpetual Motion by John D. Leshy." Journal of the West 27 (January 1988): 109.

"Review of Thomas Jefferson, Lawyer by Frank L. Dewey." Journal of Southern History 53 (November 1987): 653.

"Review of American Singularity: The 1787 Northwest Ordinance, the 1862 Homestead and Morrill Acts, and the 1944 G.I. Bill by Harold M. Hyman." Journal of Southwest Georgia History 5 (Fall 1987): 94.

"Review of The Legal Fraternity and the Making of the New South Community by Gail W. O'Brien." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 493 (September 1987): 207.

"Review of Congress, Courts, and Criminals: The Development of Federal Criminal Law, 1801-1829 by Dwight F. Henderson." American Historical Review 91 (December 1986): 1266.

"Review of Compelling Belief: The Culture of American Schooling by Stephen Arons." Louisiana Law Review 45 (July 1985): 1329.

"Review of Law School: Legal Education in America From the 1850s to the 1980s by Robert Stevens." Louisiana Law Review 45 (July 1985): 1329.

"Review of Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy: A Polemic Against the System by Duncan Kennedy." Louisiana Law Review 45 (July 1985): 1329.

"Review of Law School: Legal Education in America From the 1850s to the 1980s by Robert Stevens." American Legal Studies Association Forum 8 (1984): 487.

"Review of Legal Education in Virginia, 1779-1979: A Biographical Approach by W. Hamilton Bryson." Journal of Southern History 49 (August 1983): 449.

"Review of Equal Justice Under Law: Constitutional Development, 1835-1875 by Harold M. Hyman and William M. Wiecek." Reviews in American History (June 1983): 208.

"Review of Prison and Plantation: Crime, Justice and Authority in Massachusetts and South Carolina, 1787-1878 by Michael Stephen Hindus." Civil War History 27 (June 1981): 179.

"Review of The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary, Volumes III and IV." New York History 62 (April 1981): 222.

"Review of Rufus Choate: The Law and Civic Virtue by Jean V. Matthews." Journal of American History 67 (March 1981): 921.

"Review of Forums of Order: The Federal Courts and Business in American History by Tony Allan Freyer." American Historical Review 85 (June 1980): 718.

"Review of The Promise of Power: The Emergence of the Legal Profession in Massachusetts, 1760-1840 by Gerard W. Gawalt." William & Mary Quarterly 37 (January 1980): 151.

"Review of The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860 by Morton J. Horwitz." Vanderbilt Law Review 30 (October 1977): 1102.

"Review of The Wall of Separation: The Constitutional Politics of Church and State by Frank J. Sorauf." Catholic Historical Review 63 (October 1977): 644.

"Review of The Papers of John Marshall, Vol. 1." American Historical Review 81 (December 1976): 1225.

"Review of The Impeachment of a President: Andrew Johnson, the Blacks, and Reconstruction by Hans L. Trefousse." Capitol Studies 4 (Fall 1976): 89.

"Review of Unequal Justice: Lawyers and Social Change in Modern America by Jerold S. Auerbach." Catholic University Law Review 26 (Fall 1976): 199.

"Review of The Municipal Revolution in America: Origins of Modern Urban Government, 1650-1825 by John C. Teaford." Reviews in American History 4 (March 1976): 27.

"Review of The Irish in Philadelphia by Dennis Clark." Labor History 16 (Winter 1975): 146.

"Review of CORE: A Study in the Civil Rights Movement by August Meier and Elliott Rudwick." Catholic University Law Review 23 (Spring 1974): 638.

"Review of the Religious Liberty in the United States by Elwyn A. Smith." The Jurist 34 (1974): 215.

"Review of Joseph Story and the American Constitution: A Study in Political and Legal Thought." American History 1 (June 1973): 213.

"Review of Justice Joseph Story and the Rise of the Supreme Court by Gerald T. Dunne." American History 1 (June 1973): 213.

"Review of The Confederate State of Richmond: A Biography of the Capital by Emory M. Thomas." Maryland Historical Magazine 67 (Fall 1972): 333.

"Review of Divided Town: A Study of Georgetown, D.C. During the Civil War by Mary Mitchell." Civil War History 17 (March 1971): 82.

"Review of Reconstruction in Retrospect: Views From the Turn of the Century." Maryland Historical Magazine 65 (Winter 1970): 448.

"Review of The Nature and Tendency of Free Institutions by Frederick Grimke." Ohio History 78 (Winter 1969): 58.

"Review of Apostles of the Self-Made Man by John G. Cawelti." Business History Review 41 (Autumn 1967): 330.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

"Constitutional Ideology and Progressive Fiction." Journal of American Culture 18 (Spring 1995): 77.

"The Warren Court in American Fiction." Journal of Supreme Court History (1991): 86.

"Creative Writers and Criminal Justice: Confronting the System (1890-1920)." Criminal Justice Review 15 (1990): 208.

"Constitutional Values and the Literature of the Early Republic." Journal of American Culture 11 (1988): 53.

"The Supreme Court in American Popular Culture." Journal of American Culture 4 (1981): 1.

"David Hoffman and the Shaping of a Republican Legal Culture." Maryland Law Review 38, no. 4 (1979): 673.

"The Texas Bar in the Nineteenth Century." Vanderbilt Law Review 32 (January 1979): 261.

"John Mercer Langston and the Founding of Howard Law School." Proceedings of the Columbia Historical Society of D.C., 1971-1972 (1973): 421.

"Lawyers and Public Criticism: Challenge and Response in Nineteenth-Century America." American Journal of Legal History 15 (1971): 269.

"Wartime Drama: The Theater in Washington." Maryland Historical Magazine 64 (1969): 396.

"Law vs. Politics: The Self-Image of the American Bar." American Journal of Legal History 12 (1968): 306.

"Frederick Grimke and American Civilization." Ohio History 76 (1967): 5.

"Muckraking and the American Stage: The Emergence of Realism." South Atlantic Quarterly 66 (1967): 165.

"William Sampson and the Codifiers: The Roots of American Legal Reform." American Journal of Legal History 11 (1967): 234.

"Dixon's The Leopard's Spots: A Study in Popular Racism." American Quarterly 16 (1964): 387.

"Mirror for Businessmen: Bronson Howard's Melodramas." Midcontinent American Studies Journal 5 (1964): 38.

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

"Architecture of the Supreme Court Building." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 43. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Barron v. Baltimore." In Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia, edited by John W. Johnson, 489. New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1992.

"Brown's Indian Queen Hotel." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 93. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Buildings, Supreme Court." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 99. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Chambers." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 134. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Marshall Statue." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 528. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"McCulloch v. Maryland." In Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia, edited by John W. Johnson, 84. New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1992.

"Paintings in the Supreme Court Building." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 617. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Pollock v. Farmers' Loan & Trust Company." In Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia, edited by John W. Johnson, 234. New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1992.

"Popular Images of the Court." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 655. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Sculpture in the Supreme Court Building." In The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, 761. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

"Wheaton v. Peters." In Historic U.S. Court Cases, 1690-1990: An Encyclopedia, edited by John W. Johnson, 223. New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1992.

"Atticus Finch." In Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson and William Ferris, 821. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

"Image of Lawyer." In Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson and William Ferris, 812. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

"Law and Southern Society." In Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson and William Ferris, 797. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.

"Forum." In Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era, 1890-1920, edited by John D. Buenker and Edward R. Kantowicz 163. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

"The Nation." In Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era, 1890-1920, edited by John D. Buenker and Edward R. Kantowicz, 301. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

"Oswald Garrison Villard." In Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era, 1890-1920, edited by John D. Buenker and Edward R. Kantowicz, 495. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

"Richard Harding Davis." In Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era, 1890-1920, edited by John D. Buenker and Edward R. Kantowicz, 104. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

"William Rockhill Nelson." In Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era, 1890-1920, edited by John D. Buenker and Edward R. Kantowicz, 324. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.

"Commentators on the Constitution." In Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, edited by Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst, and Dennis J. Mahoney, 317. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1986.

"Harold Kleinert Guinzburg." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Seven. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981.

"George Henry Doran." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Six, 171. New York: Scribner's Sons, 1980.

"George Parmly Day." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Six, 154. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980.

"Richard Leo Simon." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Six, 582. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1980.

"Charles Scribner." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Five, 614. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1977.

"John Golden." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Five, 245. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1977.

"Joseph Palmer Knapp." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Five, 394. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1977.

"George Clinton Densmore Odell." In Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement Four, 633. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1974.