How Martha Washington Lived: 18th Century Customs

How Martha Washington Lived: 18th Century Customs

by Charles A. Mills

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How Martha Washington Lived: 18th Century Customs by Charles A. Mills

A brief, informal look at the life of elite southern women in eighteenth century America, including a look at: (1) courtship and marriage, (2) slavery, (3) fashion, (4) food, (5) travel, and (6) amusements.

Have you ever fallen madly in love with a pair of shoes? Luxury footwear, combining the art form of a sculpture with the beauty of a piece of sparkling jewelry, has obsessed women for centuries. Certainly this was true in the case with Martha Washington.
We don't generally think of Martha Washington as a vivacious fashionista. She has come down to us after two hundred plus years as a frumpy, dumpy, plump, double-chinned Old Mother Hubbard type. Both George and Martha Washington were transformed by generations of historians into marble figures of rectitude whose dignity and decorum fostered a sense of legitimacy for the new country.

But neither Martha Washington nor the women of the South's leading families were marble statues, they had the same strengths and weaknesses, passions and problems, joys and sorrows, as the women of any age. So just how did they live?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014643481
Publisher: Apple Cheeks Press
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,059,510
File size: 67 KB

About the Author

Chuck Mills has a passion for history. He has roamed the world researching historical topics and is delighted to have lived most of his life in Northern Virginia, one of the most historic regions in the country. He now lives on the banks of the Potomac River on land once owned by George Washington.

Chuck is the producer and co-host of Virginia Time Travel, a history television show that airs to some two million viewers in Northern Virginia.

When not doing genealogical or historical research, Chuck can be found kayaking on the Potomac River.

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