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History Department Events

Every year the Department of History hosts a number of speakers, receptions, and student presentations.  New events will be added to this page periodically!



"Materials of Legal Meaning: How Textiles Change Our Understanding of Law in the Nineteenth Century United States"
Laura F. Edwards, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of Law and Liberty
Princeton University

March 9th, 2023

Time: 7:30 PM
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140
Photograph of Laura Edwards


     Laura F. Edwards is the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University.  She focuses on the legal history of the nineteenth-century United States, with an emphasis on people’s interactions with law and the legal system. 

     Her most recent book, Only the Clothes on Her Back:  Clothing and the Hidden History of Power in the Nineteenth-Century United States, combines material culture and legal history to reconstruct the economic world created by legal principles that allowed even people without rights to make legal claims to clothing, cloth, and related accessories. 

     She is also author of four other books, most recently, A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights (2015) and The People and Their Peace:  Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South (2009), which was awarded the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold prize for the best book in law and society and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles Sydnor prize for the best book in southern history. She has received fellowships from the Newberry Library, the National Humanities Center, the NEH, the ACLS, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation.