Charles Warren (1858-1954) was one of the most important legal historians of the twentieth century. He was a superb scholar and a fine writer. These qualities can be found in his history of the American bar published in 1911. In a "Preface" he describes his purpose:
"It is an historical sketch for those who wish to know something about the men who have composed the American Bar of the past, and about the influences which produced the great American lawyers. . .
"Part One of this book, therefore, is an attempt to show the legal conditions in each of the various American Colonies during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries and prior to the Revolutionary War. . . .
"Part Two of this book portrays the growth of the American Bar from the foundation of the United States Supreme Court to the opening of the Civil War. . . . Particular attention is given to the great lawyers who acted as counsel in the various cases, to the manner of the argument, and to the effect produced by the decisions upon the surrounding conditions of the times, economic, social and legal."