NDSU Professor To Discuss History Book At Comstock House

Book Talk with Dr. Ashley Baggett
Wednesday, February 28
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Comstock House
506 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56560

Next Wednesday at 6:30 PM, Comstock House will host NDSU professor Dr. Ashley Baggett, who will discuss her 2017 book, Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans: Gender, Race, and Reform, 1840-1900.

Baggett, who has taught history, philosophy, and religious studies, researched over 26,000 records and analyzed 421 criminal cases involving intimate partner violence for this book. With these records she chronicles the evolution of gender expectations and legal personhood for women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Prior to the Civil War, domestic abusers were largely protected by class and male privilege. The postbellum era was when women began going to court and asserting their right to flee from abusive situations. Unfortunately progress was cut short by the enforcement of Jim Crow laws, which allowed legal authories to dismiss domestic violence as a “black-only” problem.

This event will be free for students and members of the Minnesota Historical Society or Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. The fee for non-members is $5. Light refreshments will be provided afterward.

– Särah Nour

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