Friday, July 1, 2011

Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays - Kate Havelin

The subtitle to this book is Civil War Fashions from 1861 to 1865. It's written for kids, so the language level is simple and there are lots of photographs as illustrations. This was a good overview of the fashion of that era, and I was pleased to see that there was a chapter devoted to the innovations that came along in this era and changed the way people dressed. This book also has a good bibliography and sources notes. Overall a good read with lots of good information as an overview of the clothing of this era.

As Nat M. Wills, this month's reading theme, was born in 1873, and fashions don't necessarily change that much overnight, I figured it is entirely possible that his parents wore clothing much like that presented in this book. His father more than likely served in the Civil War, too, so the uniform information is applicable.

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