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Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays: Civil War Fashions from 1861 to 1865

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What would you have worn if you lived during the Civil War era?

It depends on who you were:
-Upper-class women wore tight corsets, bustles, and wide hoop skirts to fancy balls. The layers weighed almost 30 pounds (14 kilograms)!

-For everyday, whether at home or nursing soldiers, women put on multiple layers of simple fabrics. Some daredevils sported women's trousers--called
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it
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This book is about Civil War era clothing in the U.S.A. It has wonderful pictures. Civilian, slave, and military dress are all covered.

Wealthy omen were wearing 8 layers of clothing. Clothing that weighed 30 pounds. A crinoline skirt could be 18 feet around. Only 3 women wearing crinoline skirts could fit in an average-sized room.

Women were pale. To have a tan meant you had to work - therefore tans were low-class. Women and men wore the hair of the people that they loved. A woman might carry a l
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Kristina
Aug 18, 2011 Kristina rated it it was amazing
I love history, especially American history and I love fashion! I am obsessed with fashions from The Civil War, so when I saw Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays: Civil War Fashions from 1861 to 1865, I knew I had to read it!

I really enjoyed reading about specific types of fashions from this time period. The book had everything from the types of dresses women wore, to what different classes of soldiers wore. It even incorporated the different clothes that slaves had. I also loved that
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Becky
Aug 23, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing
This book was both fascinating and informative. It tells all about clothing worn in the U.S. during the Civil War, by men and women, in the North and South, and of all classes--in some cases, a little too much information for comfort! (The layers women wore were just amazing--in quantity and potential for discomfort.) If you want to feel very grateful that you live now instead of then, definitely pick up this book. It is a beautifully laid out volume, and really gives a feel for what it would ...more
Angela
Jan 31, 2012 Angela rated it liked it
Great reference for anyone interested in fashions from the civil war period. I am especially intrigued by the fashion women had, I find it beautiful, but I am also happy that we don't have to go through all that trouble today. I can't imagine wearing 30 pounds of clothing, and then changing my clothes a few hours later! I can't imagine how long it took to get dressed and have hair done each day. Amazing.
Natalie
Sep 26, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
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I've always kind of been a geek about history. This book fed right into my geek-dom (not a word...I know) by exploring fashion and how it affected history and vice-verse. There are a lot of great pictures and some very good descriptions. A good, fun, educational, and fast read.
Athena
Jun 29, 2011 Athena rated it really liked it
Great for kids and adults with any interest in the Civil War or fashion in general.

Full review located on my blog: http://notmytypee.blogspot.com/2011/0...
Crystal
Sep 02, 2016 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, 2012
Excellent series about historical dress. I liked that it showed what the dress was for all classes of life.

I would recommend.
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