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Only The Clothes On Her Back: Clothing And The Hidden History Of Power In The 19th Century
Jun 13 2022
What can dresses, bedlinens, waistcoats, pantaloons, shoes, and kerchiefs tell us about the legal status of the least powerful members of American society? Only the Clothes on Her Back uncovers practices, commonly known then, but now long forgotten, which made textiles a unique form of property that people without rights could own and exchange. Marginalized people used these textiles as currency, credit, and capital, but also as entree into the new republic's economy and governingView more
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