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The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (Gender and American Culture)

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In eighteenth-century America, fashion served as a site of contests over various forms of gendered power. Here, Kate Haulman explores how and why fashion--both as a concept and as the changing style of personal adornment--linked gender relations, social order, commerce, and political authority during a time when traditional hierarchies were in flux.

In the see-and-be-seen port cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston, fashion, a form of power and distinction, was conceptually feminized yet pursued by both men and women across class ranks. Haulman shows that elite men and women in these cities relied on fashion to present their status but also attempted to undercut its ability to do so for others. Disdain for others' fashionability was a means of safeguarding social position in cities where the modes of dress were particularly fluid and a way to maintain gender hierarchy in a world in which women's power as consumers was expanding. Concerns over gendered power expressed through fashion in dress, Haulman reveals, shaped the revolutionary-era struggles of the 1760s and 1770s, influenced national political debates, and helped to secure the exclusions of the new political order.

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Haulman explores how and why fashion--both as a concept and as the changing style of personal adornment-- shaped the revolutionary-era struggles of the 1760s and 1770s, influenced national political debates, and helped to secure the exclusions of the new political order in eighteenth-century America

About the Author

Kate Haulman is assistant professor of history at American University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807834879
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Author:
Haulman, Kate
Subject:
eighteeneth-century fashion
Subject:
colonial fashion
Subject:
Early American fashion
Subject:
early American culture
Subject:
History of Fashion
Subject:
American fashion history
Subject:
Colonial gender roles
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-General
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 illus.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , Haulman explores how and why fashion--both as a concept and as the changing style of personal adornment-- shaped the revolutionary-era struggles of the 1760s and 1770s, influenced national political debates, and helped to secure the exclusions of the new political order in eighteenth-century America
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