Honor Sachs

Photo of Dr. Honor Sachs, WCU Department of History


Department of History
Assistant Professor

Office: McKee 204B
Phone: 828-227-2696
Email: hrsachs@email.wcu.edu

Honor Sachs earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on the history of early America, with particular attention to slavery, gender, and law. Her first book, Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier (Yale University Press, 2015) received the Armitage-Jameson Prize from the Coalition for Western Women’s History and the Kentucky Book Prize. She is currently working on two new book projects, both set in the era of the American Revolution. The first, Servant, Soldier, Slaveholder: A Story of Political Revolution, Personal Transformation, and Racial Violence in Early America, traces the life of a single individual from London to Kentucky and explores issues of convict transportation in the Atlantic World and murder in the early republic. The second, Freedom by a Judgment: The Legal History of an Afro-Indian Family, tells the history of an extended, mixed-race Virginia slave family that sued for freedom over multiple generations between the 1770s to the 1820s, claiming descent from an Apalachee Indian woman.

Her scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in the Law and History Review, the William and Mary Quarterly, the American Historical Review, and the Journal of Southern History and she is a regular contributor of editorial pieces to the Huffington Post and History News Network. 

She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and Filson Historical Society, among others, and was the Cassius Marcellus Clay postdoctoral fellow at Yale University.

For other publications: https://wcu.academia.edu/HonorSachs

Teaching fields: early America, the American Revolution and the Founding era, legal history, history of race and slavery, history of gender and sexuality, family history and genealogy, public history


History 131: United States History to 1865
History 233: U.S. Legal History
History 332: The Era of the American Revolution
History 337: American Slavery, American Freedom
History 430: North American Frontiers
History 475: History and Genealogy
History 613: North American History to 1800 (graduate course)

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