Laura F. Edwards
Peabody Family Professor of History in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

My research focuses on women, gender, and the law in the nineteenth-century, particularly the U.S. South. In addition to articles on these topics, I have published four books: A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction:  A Nation of Rights (2015); The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South (2009);  Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era  (2000); and Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction  (1997).  The People and Their Peace was awarded the Charles Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history by the Southern Historical Association and the Littleton-Griswold Prize for the best book in American Law and Society by the American Historical Association.  I have received fellowships from the American Bar Foundation,the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Newberry Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Institution.  I am now working on a new book project, Only the Clothes on Her Back:  Textiles, Law, and Commerce in the Nineteenth Century United States.

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  • 333 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719

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