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Only the Clothes on her Back

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


What can dresses, bedlinens, waistcoats, pantaloons, shoes, and kerchiefs tell us about the legal status of the least powerful members of American society? In the hands of eminent historian Laura F. Edwards, these textiles tell a revealing story of ordinary people and how they made use of their material goods’ economic and legal value in the period between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Join in a discussion of Professor Edwards’ innovative recasting of US legal and economic history through the power of clothing for those who lacked power and status in American society.

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