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Only the clothes on her back : clothing and the hidden history of power in the nineteenth-century United States

Title
Only the clothes on her back : clothing and the hidden history of power in the nineteenth-century United States / Laura F. Edwards.
ISBN
9780197568576
0197568572
Publication
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2022]
Copyright Notice Date
©2022.
Physical Description
xiii, 433 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary
"What can dresses, bedlinens, waistcoats, pantaloons, shoes, and kerchiefs tell us about the legal status of the least powerful members of American society? In the hands of eminent historian Laura F. Edwards, these textiles tell a revealing story of ordinary people and how they made use of their material goods' economic and legal value in the period between the Revolution and the Civil War"--Dust jacket.
Variant and related titles
Clothing and the hidden history of power in the nineteenth-century United States.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 28, 2022
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 385-415) and index.
Contents
Introduction. Elizabeth's and Caty's failed escapes : the materials of legal meaning
Part I. Old clothes in a new country. Polly's yarn : legal principles ; Roger Taney's long underwear : federalism ; Mr. Robinson's fabrics : merchants ; Rebecca Coles's factory : manufacturers
Part II. Protective coverings in a hostile world. The Prison Society's problem : currency ; Jane Cooley's loom : capital ; Margaret Ten Eyck's accounts : credit ; Eliza Cauchois's shift : exchange
Part III. Rags. Sarah Allingham's sheet : enforcement ; Catherine Brennan's haul : criminality ; Charles Lohman's dresses : suppression ; Mrs. Harris's marriage : erasure
Conclusion. Mrs. Lincoln's old clothes : just material.
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