"Joseph Henry Lumpkin sheds valuable light on southern judicial circles and elite society in the years leading up to the Civil War."
—Journal of Southern History
"A concise, direct, and imminently readable volume that will carry the students of Lumpkin well beyond a simple introduction to this influential Georgian. The rich tapestry of detail and the author’s unmistakable affection and admiration for his subject breathe life into a story with which every Georgian should be familiar. This is a work that rightfully belongs on the shelf of anyone with more than a passing interest in Georgia’s past."
"A very interesting journey through this fascinating Georgian’s life. [This] biography provides a wonderful look into the life of an influential Georgian who lived during an important period. It also provides a very solid base from which legal scholars can gain a deeper understanding into Lumpkin's legal decisions and writings."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Hicks shows that good biography can expose the deeper motivations that are often hidden in judicial opinions."
—Law and History Review
"The strength of the book is its legal history. . . . The book is interesting and useful for historians interested in the formation of the Georgia Supreme Court and how southern courts decided cases involving slavery before the civil war."
Hicks also covers Lumpkin's undergraduate days at the University of Georgia and Princeton, his experiences as a state legislator and successful lawyer, and his family life. Among the family members portrayed are Lumpkin's older brother, Wilson, a two-term governor of Georgia; and Lumpkin's son-in-law, Thomas R. R. Cobb, cofounder with Lumpkin of the University of Georgia Law School.
Joseph Henry Lumpkin played an important role in the public life of Georgia during the formative era of American law and the age of sectionalism. Here is a full and compelling portrait of Lumpkin as an individual of both intellect and passion, on and off the bench.
Read more about Joseph Henry Lumpkin at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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