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  Laura F. EdwardsPeabody Family Distinguished Professor of History and History

Office Location:  1110 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201
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Legal History
Race and Ethnicity
Cultural History
Labor and Working Class History
Politics, Public Life and Governance
United States and Canada
Research Interests:

Dr. Edward's research focuses on women, gender, and the Law in the Nineteenth Century South. In addition to articles on these topics, Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction (1997) and Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (2000). She is also the Associate Editor of Law and History Review. She is currently working on a new book project that deals with the reconfiguration of domestic relations, patriarchy, and the status of white women and enslaved women and men in the early nineteenth century.

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Edwards, LF. The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South.  University of North Carolina Press, 2009. (Awarded the Littleton-Griswold Award by the American Historical Association for Best Book in Law and Society and the Charles Sydnor Award by the Southern Historical Association for the Best Book in Southern History)
  2. Edwards, LF. Scarlett Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era.  University of Illinois Press, 2000.
  3. Edwards, LF. Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction.  University of Illinois Press, 1997. (Named a Choice Outstanding Academic book; excerpted in: Major Problems in the History of the American South, 2nd ed., edited by Paul Escott, David R. Goldfield, Elizabeth Hayes Turner, and Sally G. McMillan; A History of Gender in America: Essays, Documents, and Articles, edited by Sylvia D. Hoffert)  [abs]
  4. Edwards, LF. "The History in "Critical Legal Histories": Robert W. Gordon. 1984. Critical Legal Histories. Stanford Law Review 36:57-125." Law & Social Inquiry 37:1 (Winter, 2012): 187-199. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Edwards, LF. "Southern History as US History." Journal of Southern History 75:3 (August, 2009): 533-564. [Gateway.cgi]
  6. Edwards, LF. "The Civil War and Reconstruction." The Cambridge History of Law in America: Volume 2, The Long Nineteenth Century. Edited by Tomlins, C; Grossberg, M. 2008: 313-344. [doi]  [abs]
  7. Edwards, LF. "Status Without Rights: African American and the Tangled History of Law and Governance in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. South." American Historical Review 112:2 (April, 2007): 365-393. [doi]  [abs]
  8. Edwards, LF. "Enslaved Women and the Law: The Paradoxes of Subordination in the Post-Revolutionary Carolinas."  Republished in Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller, eds., Women in Slavery: The Modern Atlantic, vol. 2. (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007), pp. 128-51. Slavery & Abolition 26 (August, 2005): 305-323.  [abs]
  9. Edwards, LF. "Law, Domestic Violence, and the Limits of Patriarchal Authority in the Antebellum South."  Awarded the Fletcher M. Green and Charles W. Ramsdell Award by the Southern Historical Association for best article published in the Journal of Southern History in 1998-1999. Republished in Nancy Bercaw, ed., Gender and the Southern Body Politic (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000), 63-86; to be republished in J. William Harris, ed., The Old South: new Studies of Society and Culture (New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2008). Journal of Southern History 65 (November, 1999): 733-70.
  10. Edwards, LF. "The Problem of Dependency: African Americans, Labor Relations, and the Law in the Nineteenth-Century South."  Awarded the Vernon Carstensen Award by the Agricultural History Society, for best article published in Agricultural History in 1998. Agricultural History 72:2 (1998): 313-40.
  11. Edwards, LF. "The disappearance of Susan Daniel and Henderson Cooper: Gender and narratives of political conflict in the reconstruction-era U.S. South."  Republished in Martha Hodes, ed., Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History (New York: New York University Press, 1999), 294-312 Feminist Studies 22:2 (January, 1996): 363-386. [doi]  [abs]
  12. Edwards, LF,. "’The Marriage Covenant Is at the Foundation of All Our Rights’: The Politics of Slave Marriages in North Carolina after Emancipation."  Republished as "Marriage, Households, and the Politics of Reconstruction in North Carolina," in Glenda Gilmore, Jane Dailey, and Bryant Simon, eds., Race, Gender, and Politics in the New South, 1865-1980 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), 7-27 Law and History Review 14:1 (1996): 81-124. [doi]  [abs]
  13. Edwards, LF. "Sexual Violence, Gender, Reconstruction, and the Extension of Patriarchy in Granville County, North Carolina."  Awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr., Award for the best article in African American HIstory North Carolina Historical Review 68 (1991): 237-260.