Crystal Feimster interview on laws protecting victims of sexual violence during the Civil War Era

Crystal Feimster

In a radio interview, historian Crystal Feimster explains the role that laws of war played in providing a basis for poor white and black women to seek legal protections against sexual assault during the Civil War. The interview segment, “Sew Up Your Petticoats,” (Rules of Engagement: Ethics in Warfare) was conducted by the hosts of BackStory with the American History Guys” (

Listen to “Sew Up Your Petticoats,” interview segment with Crystal Feimster-[29:59-33:23]. Published Friday, 2/1/2013.

Updated, Monday, March 4, 2013.

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Monday, February 4, 2013