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Democracy’s Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest

Democracy’s Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest

By J. Roderick Heller III
Louisiana State University Press
357 pages
$45

“A central political figure in the first post-Revolutionary generation, Felix Grundy (1775-1840) epitomized the ‘American democrat’ who so famously fascinated Alexis de Tocqueville. Born and reared on the isolated frontier, Grundy rose largely by his own ability to become the Old Southwest’s greatest criminal lawyer and one of the first radical political reformers in the fledgling United States. In Democracy’s Lawyer, the first comprehensive biography of Grundy since 1940, J. Roderick Heller reveals how Grundy’s life typifies the archetypal, post-founding fathers generation that forged America’s culture and institutions.”

–From the Publisher

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