Fields of Study: United States–19th Century, Labor, Legal E-mail:email@example.com Phone: 815-753-6810 Office: Zulauf 605
Education: Ph.D., Rice University, 1992
My primary research and teaching interests are in the legal, labor, and social history of the nineteenth-century United States. My current research concerns the legal history of childhood. My recent book, Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. It examines the ways in which legal actions resulting from industrial accidents incurred by young people helped to shape the cultural meanings of child labor. The book was awarded the 2011 Philip Taft Labor History Prize. An article on the legal evolution of children's work over the course of the nineteenth century appeared in Law and History Review in 2005. My first book, Free to Work: Labor Law, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, 1815-1880 (1998), expored the effects of antebellum labor and social welfare policy on the outcome of emancipation and the development of a capitalist labor market. I am currently doing research on violence in nineteenth and early twentieth century schools.
Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor, Cambridge University Press, 2010
Free to Work: Labor Law, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, 1815-1880, University of Georgia Press, 1998.
HIST 260 American History to 1865
HIST 261 American History Since 1865
HIST 372 U. S. South
HIST 376 Evolution of American Capitalism
HIST 464 Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 465 Industrial America
HIST 491 Senior Thesis
HIST 510 Reading Seminar: Gilded Age and Progressive Era
HIST 510 Reading Seminar: Law and Society
HIST 510 Reading Seminar: History of Childhood
HIST 510 Reading Seminar: U. S. Social/Cultural History