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19th century US history, US South, business history, legal history, the Civil War era, women's history, slavery, history of emotion, political history, cultural history, government institutions, state building, family history
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I am a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, and I defended my dissertation in history at Duke University in 2018. My work combines the history of the Atlantic World with women’s, business, legal,  and political history to explore the economic and political implications of the connections between the “private,” domestic world of the family and the “public” world of governance at the federal, state, and local levels. My dissertation focuses on prominent families centered in the South in the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War to explore the centrality of families to the new republic’s economy and its governing institutions. The dissertation shows that the work related to the presence and performance of emotion was inseparable from the work that drove economic ventures and political fortunes.

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United States
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United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
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American Civil War, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Capitalism, Economic History, Family, Gender, Government, Law, Politics, Slavery, Women