Pantaloons & Power: A Nineteenth-century Dress Reform in the United States (Google eBook)

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Kent State University Press, 2001 - History - 262 pages
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"In Pantaloons and Power Gayle V. Fischer depicts how the reformers' denouncement of conventional dress highlighted the role of clothing in the struggle of power relations between the sexes. Wearing pantaloons was considered a subversive act and was often met with social ostracism. Fischer contends that while it was not the goal of many reformers to alter gender relations, as women adopted pantaloons the perception of male and female power relationships blurred, and the boundaries of social roles for women began to shift." "This carefully researched interdisciplinary study successfully combines the fields of costume history, women's history, material culture, and social history to tell the story of one highly charged dress reform and its resonance in nineteenth-century society."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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I found this book extremely helpful in teaching a class in women's history. In it I found the only picture I have ever seen of women on covered wagons across the plains in pantaloons (or bloomers ... Read full review

Contents

Who Wears the Pants?
1
Perfecting America Antebellum Reform Fashion and Antifashion
9
The First Dress Reformers New Harmony Indiana 18241827
33
Pantaloons in Private Health and Religious Dress Reform before Freedom Dresses
47
Pantaloons in Public Womans Rights and Freedom Dresses
79
Out of the Closet Health and Religious Dress Reform after Freedom Dresses
111
Im Coming Out as a Bloomer Eccentric and Independent Dress Reformers
133
What Happened to Dress Reform?
161
Women Wear the Pants
175
Notes
179
Bibliography
225
Index
255
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fischer is assistant professor of history at salem state college in salem,massachusetts.

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