Dress in American Culture

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-12-31
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Early Americans accommodated, adapted, and manipulated their clothing to adjust to their physical and social environment. This book focuses on the relationship of dress to the struggle of indigenous and immigrant Americans to fill expected and unexpected needs and express political ideologies and ethnic identity. In doing so the contributors hope to prompt readers to reconsider the place of dress in the interpretation of American culture. The casual reader of this book of essays may be surprised to learn that it has little to do with different styles of clothing or the vagaries of fashion. The contributors reveal the politics, or power, of dress, especially in its function as a symbol of American ideals, and examine changes in clothing behavior that occurred as Americans faced new experiences.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
From Moccasins to Frock Coats and Back Again: Ethnic Identity and Native American Dress in Southern New Englandp. 6
Dress for the Ohio Pioneersp. 42
Nineteenth-Century African-American Dressp. 66
The American Cowboy: Development of the Mythic Imagep. 80
From Folk to Fashion: Dress Adaptations of Norwegian Immigrant Women in the Midwestp. 95
Dressing the Colonial Past: Nineteenth Century New Englanders Look Backp. 109
The Gym Suit: Freedom at Lastp. 140
Simplicity of Dress: A Symbol of American Idealsp. 180
"War" Drobe and World War Ip. 200
Contributorsp. 220
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