The Fabric of Our Nation: A Nineteenth-Century Night Shirt Reveals the Complex Value of Material Objects
The Story the Torn Gown Told: Forensic Evidence and Lanah Sawyer’s Prosecution of Henry Bedlow for Rape, New York, 1793
How Bicycles Liberated Women in Victorian America
In Her Own Voice: Poems of Anandibai Joshee
Frenchified Fashions and Republican Simplicity
Dr. Warren’s Ciceronian Toga
A Fashion for Abolition
A Short History of the High Roll
Franklin’s Gown: Portraying the Politics of Homespun Silk
Vulgar Things: James Fenimore Cooper’s “clairvoyant” Pocket Handkerchief
Impressions of Tar and Feathers: The “New American Suit” in Mezzotint, 1774-84
Dressing for History: Teaching in Eighteenth-Century Clothing
Redressing Early America
Unraveling the Silk Society’s Directions for the Breeding and Management of Silk-Worms
Oil and Bone: Whale Consumption in the Lives of Plymouth Colonists
George Washington’s Disappearing Ribbon
For the Want of a Good Hat
On the Edge of the Atlantic World in the Interior of North America
A Bed Sheet in Beinecke
9/11 and Acoma Pueblo: Homeland security in Indian Country
Refashioning the Republic
Rocking the Colonial Period
Playing Dress Up
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