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The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (Gender and American Culture) Hardcover – August 1, 2011

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[A] well-written, thoroughly researched work.--Journal of American History

The book, several years in the making, displays Haulman's easy command of her subject and source material. . . . Without losing sight of the big picture, she pays focused attention to a few well-chosen artifacts and texts.--Women's Review of Books

Haulman [has an] ability to capture the telling details that made the colonial social experience distinct.--New England Quarterly

A rich and compelling study." --American Historical Review

Offers a number of fascinating insights into the ordering of power and American social relations in the eighteenth century. . . . Beautifully detailed and arresting set pieces that sparkle through the pages of her book, like gems strung together on an intricate necklace.--William and Mary Quarterly

'[Haulman] allows women and gender to take centre-stage in a narrative in which they are still too often rather marginal.--English Historical Review

Haulman's terrific examination of the gendered implications of fashion is magnificently subtle and detailed. . . . [This book] will be important reading for scholars of gender, revolutionary political culture, and early American studies.--American Historical Review

One of the most effective aspects of Haulman's book is the way she treats fashion in many different ways without losing the unity of her argument. . . . [She] successfully mixes methods from cultural anthropology, literary studies, and sociology.--The Historian

An exciting, deeply researched work that examines the intersection of American culture and the changing nature of politics surrounding the American Revolution . . . . It would greatly benefit graduate students and researchers of early American life, specifically those with interests in politics, culture, and society.--Journal of American Culture

Presents a subtle and detailed narrative of the changing ways that Anglo-Americans thought and argued about what to wear and what it meant.--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Haulman successfully explains popular debates over the meaning of fashion without oversimplifying her analysis. Recommended. All academic levels/libraries.--Choice

Haulman's book is a significant contribution to our understanding of eighteenth-century culture, gender, and politics, and it is, quite frankly, very fun to read.--Journal of Southern History


In this original interpretation, Kate Haulman makes the luxuries of clothing and accoutrements--the details of their trade, their changing design, and the uses to which women and men put them--central to our understanding of imperial relations in the era of the American Revolution and the early republic.--Linda K. Kerber, author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship

Novel, richly detailed, and deeply researched, Kate Haulman's book is both a revolutionary history of the meaning of fashionability in early America and a chronicle of the evolution of the transatlantic fashion system. Never have the changes within the world of dress been presented with such thoroughness or their cultural significance been glossed with such specification and care.--David Shields, University of South Carolina


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Product Details

  • Series: Gender and American Culture
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st New edition edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807834874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807834879
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robbie K. Gill on December 21, 2014
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Interesting. I had a professor who loved analyzing the role that fashion played in American and European history. This book definitely examines the impact of fashion on the politics of early America. I'm not sure Haulman is convincing, but she presents an interesting lens.
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I really loved this book and use it regularly in course on material culture in America. Haulman digs deep and offers a nuanced analysis of the cultural and gender politics of fashion in early America. It's thought-provoking and students -- both undergraduates and graduates -- have really enjoyed it.
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