Review of Edwards, Laura F., Only the Clothes on Her Back: Clothing and the Hidden History of Power in the Nineteenth-Century

Date
2022-08
Authors
Zander, Cecily N.
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The Civil War Monitor
Abstract

Princeton University Professor Laura F. Edwards is best known for her sterling work on the legal history of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Her ability to vividly portray the changes that the Civil War brought to the American legal landscape has earned high praise from prize committees and professional organizations alike. Her latest work melds legal history with the history of material culture. It is a book about textiles—clothing, linens, shoes, and even cloth—the everyday objects that shaped the creation of laws and bolstered the political power of women in the nineteenth-century United States. Only the Clothes on Her Back is a novel and compelling work of legal history, written with clarity and verve, and deserving of a wide readership.

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Article originally published by The Civil War Monitor. English. Published August 2022. https://www.civilwarmonitor.com/edwards-only-the-clothes-on-her-back-2022/. Permission to deposit this file has been obtained directly from the publisher. Please read the faculty member's entry in the Project INDEX Master Sheet for more information about the publisher communications.
Keywords
American textiles history, Civil War history, Women's history
Citation
This is the published version of an article that is available at https://www.civilwarmonitor.com/edwards-only-the-clothes-on-her-back-2022/. Recommended citation: Zander, C. (2022, August). Review of Edwards, Laura F., Only the Clothes on Her Back: Clothing and the Hidden History of Power in the Nineteenth-Century United States. The Civil War Monitor. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
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