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Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays

Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays

This book covers the clothing, accessories, and fashions of the American Civil War (1861-1865). This title explains how fashions of the mid-nineteenth century reflected U.S. society of that era and includes information on slave and military dress.

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Quick Reference

ISBN 9780761380542
Barcode 9780761380542
Published 1 August 2011 by Twenty-First Century Books
Available in PDF format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Havelin, Kate
Series Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion
Availability Wheelers ePlatform

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Description of this Electronic Book

What would you have worn if you lived during the Civil War era? It depends on who you were! For example, upper-class women wore tight corsets, bustles, and wide hoop skirts to fancy balls. The layers weighed almost 30 pounds (14 kilograms)! For everyday, whether at home or nursing soldiers, women put on multiple layers of simple fabrics. Some daredevils sported women's trousers-called Bloomers-to make a statement on women's rights. Read more about wartime fashions of the 1860s-from ankle boots to parasols and tiaras-in this fascinating book!

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This series documents women's and men's clothing, hairstyles and accessories, designers, and inventions of the different periods. Well-researched texts provide clear explanations of the ways important historical events, people, and technology of the times influenced how clothes were designed, made, purchased, and worn. Numerous archival photos and entertaining sidebars contribute to a lively read. --The Horn Book Guide This five-volume series provides a fascinating look at the history of American clothing and fashion, offering an engaging interpretation of the sociological, political, and economic factors that impacted how various classes of Americans dressed and accessorized from colonial times through the 1950s. The set's scope is chronological and topical in arrangement, with volumes covering clothing styles and trends in Colonial America; Revolutionary America and the Victorian Era; the Westward Expansion; the Civil War; and the Great Depression, World War II, and post-war America. Photographs, drawings and paintings of period attire in Petticoats and Frock Coats illustrate sharp contrasts between the lives of wealthy individuals and those of laborers and slaves. During this period, inventions such as the cotton gin and sewing machine paved the way for the transition from homespun to ready-made clothing. The historical moment covered in Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays saw the rise of pants for women, jeans for work, the first haute couture house in Paris, and the beginning of mass consumption. Each volume is similarly arranged with five or six short chapters; numerous illustrations and colorful sidebars help to guide the reader through the expository text. Quotes from famous Americans and frequent references to art and literature help to contextualize the volume, and its glossary, timeline, recommended reading, and online resources make this set a terrific resource for the classroom. It will also be enjoyed as recreational reading and is recommended for school, library and home collections. --VOYA These well-written and appealing books place clothing and fashion, from underwear to headgear, in the larger context of American history, emphasizing that for most of our past, clothing signified status and reinforced societal roles, especially for women. The series includes information about the clothing of many groups, notably Native Americans, African Americans, soldiers, and children. It also discusses regional and ethnic differences in dress and traces how clothing styles and forms reflected changes in society. Large, attractive period illustrations and color and archival photos and boxed quotes enhance the texts. This series is certain to draw both researchers and browsers. --School Library Journal, Series Made Simple This series, a history of fashion in the United States, is more than a simple account of fashion during particular eras. A variety of interesting aspects are examined, such as the ever-present influence of Europe on American tastes and how wars affected fashions. Techniques and technology used in making clothes and accessories are included. Fashions for women, men, and children are all part of the story, as are hairstyles and facial hair. In addition to the vivid photographs and illustrations, primary sources such as journal entries, letters, and catalog pages are found. The volumes are interesting and easy to read, although the subject matter might limit use. --Library Media Connection

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Author's Bio

Kate Havelin has written more than a dozen books for young people, including biographies of Queen Elizabeth I, Ulysses Grant, and Che Guevara. The Amelia Bloomer Project included her Victoria Woodhull: Fearless Feminist in its recommended list of books. Havelin has also written two trail guidebooks for adults, Minnesota Running Trails: Dirt, Gravel, Rocks & Roots and Best Hikes of the Twin Cities, both of which received awards from the Midwest Book Awards. When she's not writing, she likes to read, run, hike, kayak, ski, or snowshoe. Havelin lives in St. Paul with her husband and two teenage sons.

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