The People and Their Peace

Laura F. Edwards (Author)

Product Details

University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date
April 30, 2009
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

Laura F. Edwards is professor of history at Duke University. She is author of Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era and Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction.


Based on deep research in local and appellate court records, statutes, and the papers of jurists. . . . Edwards' efforts to chart a new legal history of the South are admirable and her research is impressive.--Journal of Southern History

Bold and deeply impressive. . . . Surely one of the very finest books ever written on antebellum legal history. It looks to important and neglected sources, is a very sophisticated study, and will repay multiple readings. Its bold thesis will keep scholars busy in the archives, rethinking our own work and generating new insights for decades.--Journal of American Ethnic History

Offers provocative new insights into nineteenth-century southern society. . . . Scholars of slavery, the Old South, and late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century U.S. law ignore it at their peril.--Georgia Historical Quarterly

An outstanding and groundbreaking study, one that will in all likelihood change the way scholars look at the law in the southern states for some time to come.--North Carolina Historical Review

Proposes an alternative view of the Early National period, one based on records that most historians still do not use. . . . Well worth reading.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

An important and profound reexamination of the legal culture of the 1789-1840 era. . . . Edwards's arguments are convincing and enlightening. . . . A seminal work that should stimulate further work and a new school of interpretation of American history.--H-Net Reviews

The author's prodigious research in the extant legal records of the Carolinas as well as the challenging interpretations that emerge from this research are the study's great strengths. . . . Where this study succeeds is in its sophisticated analysis of a broad range of records that reveal important insights about ordinary people and their place in the early nineteenth century.--The Journal of American History

This book is destined to be a crucial work in American legal history, but its impact on other fields may be just as great.--American Historical Review

Provides a richly textured portrait of a legal culture in which women, African Americans, and the poor played an important part. . . . Offers an important contribution to the literature on the history of the South.--H-Net Reviews

An authoritative study on the legal culture of the plantation South. . . . A great book! Highly recommended.--Choice