Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. Edwards

Laura 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).

Lectures

  • Law and Legal Culture in the Antebellum South
  • Law and the Civil War
  • Looking at Nation Building through Local Eyes: Rethinking Law in the Reconstruction-Era United States
  • Slaves and Law in the Antebellum South
  • Women, Rights, and Citizenship
  • The Reconstruction of Rights: The Fourteenth Amendment and Popular Conceptions of Governance
  • Women in the Civil War South: Battle on the Homefront
  • Only the Clothes on Her Back: Women, Law, and Economic Change between the Revolution and the Civil War