"a fascinating book that not only uncovers an unsung hero, it allows the historian and the incidental reader to witness the evolution of a mind. It is truly amazing to read of Mr. Fields' slave life and how a boy so completely unlearned rose above his shocking circumstances and became a man of letters, reputation and considerable power.
"a gem of a book that should flourish across many academic landscapes: perfect in social studies or citizenship classes [and] in early law classes. A great addition to any historian's library." - New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Kevin M. Clermont is now the Ziff Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, he also attended law school in France as a Fulbright Scholar. Next there was a judicial clerkship and practice on Wall Street, before entry into teaching at Cornell. His field is civil procedure, with a specialty in international litigation. Professor Clermont has published extensively, including coauthoring books both on introduction to law and on civil procedure——Law for Society: Nature, Functions, and Limits (2010) and Materials for a Basic Course in Civil Procedure (10th ed. 2010).