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It's Not About The Fox: The Untold History Of Pierson V. Post, Bethany Berger Jan 2006

It's Not About The Fox: The Untold History Of Pierson V. Post, Bethany Berger

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For generations, Pierson v. Post, the famous fox case, has introduced students to the study of property law. Two hundred years after the case was decided, this Article examines the history of the case to show both how it fits into the American ideology of property, and how the facts behind the dispute challenge that ideology. Pierson is a canonical case because it replicates a central myth of American property law, that we start with a world in which no one has rights to anything and the fundamental problem is how best to convert it to absolute individual ownership. The ...