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Clothing and Social Change in America
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The lessons in this issue encourage students to think about the interaction of clothing and society, both past and present. It focuses on nineteenth-century clothing and its reflection of middle-class ideals on how men and women should look.

The first lesson asks students to evaluate drawings of historical scenes in order to identify elements of nineteenth-century men’s and women’s clothing. The second has students construct a timeline to identify changes in clothing fashions over time. In the third, students look in their own closets to evaluate the relationship between clothing and self-identity.

Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1995 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.

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