A fascinating look at the development of democracy and capitalism in 19th "century
America Through The Lens through the lens men s dress The second half "America through the lens of men s dress The second half interesting than the first but you need to get through the first part in order to have the base for what Zakim covers in the second Clothing as commodity and sign Around the revolution coarse homespun clothing was virtuous a rejection of British trade and the British political economy with its attendant lust for luxury which corroded virtue. Ready Made Democracy explores the history of men's dress in America to consider how capitalism and democracy emerged at the center of social life during the century between the Revolution and the Civil War The story begins with the elevation of homespun clothing to a political ideology on the eve of Independence Homespun clothing tied the productive efforts of the household to those of the nati. At
Washington s first inaugural homespun was still key b The title of this book claims this s first inaugural homespun was still key b The title of this book claims this A History of Men s Dress in the American Republic until 1860 and it seems like that was a publisher s decision because this is a history of the men s garment industry in the US from about the 1830s to 1860 The author takes for granted that the reader knows as much about fashion as he does explaining little about what the fashions actually looked like or how they changed over 100 years. On becoming a most tangible expression of the citizen's attachment to the public's happiness Coarse dress did not long remain in the wardrobe particularly not among those political classes who talked most about it Nevertheless exhortations of industry and simplicity became a fixture of American discourse over the following century of "industrial revolution as the mass produced suit emerged "revolution as the mass produced suit emerged
Michael Zakim ê 0 FREE READThey changed a LOT Homespun clothing gave way to the Industrial Revolution within about a half of a chapter in this book thus covering as much of the 18th century as the author saw fit The rest of the book deals with how the market took over and propped up a sartorial system in which all aspiring middle class white males dressed the same in the mid 19th century I guess I would mind this less if
the book was actually readable instead of drowning in the academese spoken by the autho. Badge of a uniuely virtuousbook was actually readable instead of drowning in the academese spoken by the autho. Badge of a uniuely virtuous polity It is here "Zakim Argues In The in the of homespun into ready made opposite that men's dress proves to be both material and metaphor for the rise of democratic capitalism and a site of the new social arrangements of bourgeois life In thus illuminating the critical links among culture ideology political economy and fashion in antebellum America.