Learn what men, women, and children have worn—and why—in American history, from the deprivations of the Civil War through the prosperous 1890s.
Shoes were so scarce during the Civil War that people made them from just about anything they found at hand, including luggage, leather trunks, upholstery, and animal skins.
In Clothing through American History: The Civil War through the Gilded Age, 1861–1899, authors Anita Stamper and Jill Condra provide information on fabrics, materials, and manufacturing; a discussion of daily life and dress; and the types of clothes worn by men, women, and children of all levels of society. The volume features numerous illustrations, helpful timelines, resource guides recommending Web sites, videos, and print publications, and extensive glossaries.
Among the many topics discussed include:
• The hours that middle class women of the nineteenth century spent making clothes for themselves and their families
• The plain, rough clothes assigned to slaves to ensure that they did not enhance their appearance and their later trouble in buying clothes after emancipation
• The Bloomer dress reform movement in the mid to late 19th century, where women who adopted loose, baggy trousers for practicality were called evil and unnatural
• The beginnings of clothing and department stores