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KLIATTA witty and innovative look at frontier history, Enss's book surveys a broad span of social classes and physical needs in Western dress, from pilgrims in Conestoga wagons to army scouts on patrol. Contrasting images of a primly outfitted Eastern male and the grubby work of a miner dressed in jeans and calico indicate clearly defined social and economic strata. The author covers hats to ward off rain and glare, union suits, infant dress, parasols, gloves, hairstyles, and Southwestern Indian feathers and buckskin. Included are the distinctive wardrobes of Lillian Russell, Amelia Bloomer, Baby Doe Tabor, Bat Masterson, Annie Oakley, Oscar Wilde, Wild Bill Hickok, George and Elizabeth Custer, Andrew Johnson, and Adah Menken. Pen-and-ink sketches depict the source of uplift in bustled costumes, chevrons denoting cavalry cook and trumpeter, and the dignified equipage of Zu±i Indians. This book is particularly useful for individual and school projects, Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities, and art classes. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, Globe Pequot, Two Dot, 127p. illus. bibliog., Ages 12 to 18.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass