Clothing through American History: The British Colonial Era, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313084602
  • ISBN-13: 9780313084607
  • DDC: 391.00973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 443 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released February 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Clothing through American History: The British Colonial Era presents, in six chapters, a description of all aspects of dress in British colonial America, including the social and historical background of British America, and covering men's, women's, and children's garments. The book shows how dress reflected and evolved with life in British colonial America as primitive settlements gave way to the growth of towns, cities, and manufacturing of the pre-Industrial Revolution.

Readers will discover that just as in the present day, what people wore in colonial times represented an immediate, visual form of communication that often conveyed information about the real or intended social, economic, legal, ethnic, and religious status of the wearer. The authors have gleaned invaluable information from a wide breadth of primary source materials for all of the colonies: court documents and colonial legislation; diaries, personal journals, and business ledgers; wills and probate inventories; newspaper advertisements; paintings, prints, and drawings; and surviving authentic clothing worn in the colonies.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Chronology, 1585–1785.
1: Settling British Colonial America.
2: Society, Culture, and Dress.
3: Clothing and Textile Technologies and Trades, 1607–1785.
4: Women's Fashion.
5: Men's Clothing.
6: Children's Fashions.
Glossary: The Colonial Period.
Resource Guide: The Colonial Period.
About the Authors.