Modern America Workshop - “Rural Iowan Lawyers & Their Communities”

Modern America Workshop
Event date: 
April 25, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:20pm
Emily Prifogle
Princeton University
Seminar Series: 
Modern America Workshop

“Rural Iowan Lawyers & Their Communities”

Emily Prifogle, Princeton University

There will be a pre-circulated paper for this workshop that will be available approximately one week prior to the workshop. A light lunch will be provided.

Emily Prifogle studies twentieth-century American legal history. Her dissertation prospectus, “Views from the Midwest: Rural Communities, Law, and Nation in the Twentieth Century,” examines local government structures in rural communities in an effort to make “the rural” legible in new ways to historians as well as legal scholars. She asks, what was the experience of living in and maintaining a rural community in an urbanizing and urbanized America?

Prifogle is also interested in public history, narrative, and micro-history projects. Her previous work has focused on recovering marginalized voices within twentieth-century social movements, including the civil rights and women’s rights movements. Her law review note concerns the hidden civil rights activism behind the landmark constitutional decision, Chambers v. Mississippi (101 Calif. L. Rev. 445 [2013]). Other work has examined Equal Rights Amendment ratification efforts as well as questions of labor, race, and gender with regard to an early wage and hours decision, Muller v. Oregon (1908).

The Modern America Workshop is cosponsored by the Center for Collaborative History, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, and the Land, Property, and Power in the Modern Metropolis graduate workshop.

Michael Glass
Area of Interest: 
Legal History
United States
20th Century