*NORTHERN THREADS SERIES*
Only the Clothes on Her Back: Clothing and the Hidden History of Power in the 19th-Century United States
a book talk with Laura F. Edwards
Tuesday, June 21, 7 – 8 PM ET
Fashion choices can tell us a lot about a person and the world they lived in, but did you know that historic textiles can also reveal hidden stories of ordinary people and how they made use of their material goods' economic and legal values? Join historian Laura F. Edwards for a discussion on her book Only the Clothes on Her Back: Clothing and the Hidden History of Power in the 19th-Century United States and learn more about long-forgotten practices that made textiles—clothing, cloth, bedding, and accessories—a unique form of property that people without rights could own and exchange. These stories are about far more than cloth and clothing; they reshape our understanding of law and the economy in America.
About the author: The author of four books, Laura F. Edwards is a legal historian whose research focuses on the nineteenth-century United States. She holds a B.A. in American Culture from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She taught at Duke University and is currently a professor at Princeton where she teaches courses in the history of law in the United States at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Location: online via Zoom.