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 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: Women, Textiles, and State Formation in the Nineteenth Century United States.
Edwards, LF. "The People’s Sovereignty and the Law: Defining Gender, Race, and Class Differences in the Antebellum South." In Beyond Black and White: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the United States South and Southwest,edited by S Cole, 3-34. Arlington, Texas: University of Texas Press for the University of Texas, Arlington, 2004.
Edwards, LF. "Women, Gender, and Labor." In The Blackwell Companion to 19th Century America,edited by WL Barney and LF Edwards, 223-37. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Limited, 2001.
Edwards, LF. "Women and Domestic Violence in Nineteenth-Century North Carolina." In Lethal Imagination: Violence and Brutality in American History,edited by M Bellesiles, 115-36. New York: New York University Press, 1999.
Edwards, LF. "Captives of Wilmington: The Riot and Historical Memories of Political Conflict, 1865-1898." In Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy,edited by TB Tyson and DS Cecelski, 113-41. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
Edwards, LF. "U.S. Women’s History." In Encyclopedia of Social History, 775-777. New York: Garland, 1994.
Edwards, LF. "Sexual Violence, Gender, Reconstruction, and the Extension of Patriarchy in Granville County, North Carolina." North Carolina Historical Review 68 (1991): 237-260.