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University, Court, and SlaveProslavery Academic Thought and Southern Jurisprudence, 1831–1861$
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Alfred L. Brophy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199964239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964239.001.0001

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Joseph Henry Lumpkin

Joseph Henry Lumpkin

Industrialism and Slavery in the Old South

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University, Court, and Slave

Alfred L. Brophy

Oxford University Press

Justice Joseph Henry Lumpkin of the Georgia Supreme Court, like Thomas Ruffin, dealt frequently with cases involving slavery and self-consciously promoted the institution through his decisions. This chapter survey’s Lumpkin’s opinions across a variety of areas, including emancipation of slaves via will and his extrajudicial writings. They depict a judge deeply concerned with slavery’s history, the economics of slavery, and its place in southern culture. Lumpkin did what he could to promote slavery, which he saw as a part of a vibrant and modern south. Slavery and corporations were part of Lumkin’s vision of a commercial and industrialized south. This, thus, shows the centrality of slavery to economic development in the mind of one prominent southern jurist.

Keywords:   proslavery judges, capitalism, emancipation, modernity, law and economics, corporations, property rights, slavery, abolitionists, Georgia

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