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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. EdwardsLaura Edwards is the Peabody Family Professor of History at Duke University, where she teaches courses on women, gender, and law. Her research focuses on the same issues, with a particular emphasis on the nineteenth-century U.S. South. She is the author of Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction (1997); Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (2000); The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary U.S. South (2009) which won the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Award and the Southern Historical Association's Charles S. Sydnor Award; and A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights (2015).

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