Show Notes: The Road Not Taken After the Civil War

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Cynthia Nicoletti
S2 E3: The Road Not Taken After the Civil War

A Union effort to redistribute land to former slaves unraveled because of the efforts of Southern lawyers, UVA Law professor Cynthia Nicoletti explains. More

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Show Notes: The Road Not Taken After the Civil War

Cynthia Nicoletti is a legal historian and professor of law at Virginia Law. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the William Nelson Cromwell Prize for the best dissertation in legal history, awarded by the American Society for Legal History in 2011. Her book, Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis,” won the 2018 Cromwell Book Prize, given by the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation each year for excellence in scholarship to an early career scholar working in the field of American legal history. Nicoletti is the Class of 1966 Research Professor of Law at UVA. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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