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From factories to farms and ballrooms to battlefields, this exciting new series uses clothing as a window through which to view our nation's ever-changing social and political climate. Through the use of engaging text, fine art illustrations, historical photographs, and living history reenactments, young readers are given a unique perspective on American history from the first settlements to the tumult of the Civil War.
In the brand new country that would become America, clothing became a political statement; a way for the colonists to differentiate themselves from their British counterparts. Tracing the politics of the time through the clothing of the colonial men, women, and children, this book brings this exciting time in our history to life for readers.
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Grade 2-4-Although these books provide some useful information on the clothing of their target eras, both are oversimplified. Each one begins with a hodgepodge of historical facts followed by double-page chapters. Only a limited variety of each type of clothing is discussed; for example in American Revolution, the only women's footwear noted is a high heel worn by "wealthy, but conservative ladies." The same is true of men's head wear. In some cases (in particular, the use of powder on wigs in this title), the books raise more questions than they answer. There are no pictures of some of the important clothing mentioned such as corsets, men's shoes, and the Promenade dress typical of Southern plantation life. In both books, most of the illustrations are contemporary photos. Bobbie Kalman and Antoinette DeBiasi's 18th Century Clothing and 19th Century Clothing (both Crabtree, 1993) are better choices on the subject.
Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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Book Description Powerkids Pr, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0823956660
Book Description Powerkids Pr, 2001. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0823956660