Clothing through American History: The Federal Era through Antebellum, 1786-1860

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Authors Ann Buermann Wass and Michelle Webb Fandrich provide information on fabrics, materials, and manufacturing; a discussion of levels of society, daily life, and dress; and the types of clothes worn by men, women, and children, including American Indians and enslaved people.

The authors have painstakingly researched such primary sources as diaries, letters, and wills of the people of the time, in addition to secondary resources. Just a few of the topics include:

• The constant problems of getting fabrics, such as wool, or cotton, in the late eighteenth centuries

• The types of clothes that slave men, women, and children were allowed to wear

• The beginnings of patterns and the mass production of clothing in the mid nineteenth century.

The volume features numerous illustrations, helpful timelines, resource guides recommending websites, videos, and print publications, and extensive glossaries.

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". . . this is an exceptional, information-packed resource."


Library Journal

". . . highly recommended for research collections where quality counts…"



". . . an extremely useful reference work that provides coverage of styles divided by sex, age, class, and race, and includes excellent glossaries that will be invaluable to anybody interested in historical recreation or theatrical costuming. . . . Recommended. All levels/libraries."



Library Journal
Wass (costume historian, Riversdale Museum, MD) draws on her work at a Federal-era house museum for Part 1 of this two-part reference, while Fandrich (Costume Worldwide) considers the antebellum era's sartorial customs. Each segment opens with a time line of significant events, an era overview, and an exposition of clothing conventions for each sex, considering various age and social groups. The authors reveal the often-forgotten influences of commerce, environment, and politics on fashion. Each segment concludes with extensive resource lists organized by media. While supplementary images would be useful, this is an exceptional, information-packed resource.—Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Lib., Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313335334
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 407
  • Sales rank: 1,147,404
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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