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Road Scholars: Behind the Beautiful Dress: Making Cloth and Clothing in the 19th Century

A Road Scholar Program by Erika Holst

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Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St, Des Plaines, IL 60016

A Road Scholar Program by Erika Holst

It is hard to overstate the role of textiles in early American life. For families, the making of textiles and clothing required countless hours of labor. On the other hand, the purchase of textiles could consume a large portion of the household budget. For the nation, textiles drove the American pre-Civil War economy. They provided a money-making opportunity for a few and exploited the labor of countless others.


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