J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Deerfield Symposium on “Fashion and Conflict,” 28-30 Sept.

On 28-30 September, Historic Deerfield will host its fall symposium on the topic of “Fashion and Conflict in Early America.”

This event is designed to produce “an in-depth look at the broad meanings of conflict on clothing and textiles that defined culture in 18th- and early-19th-century British and French North America.”

Sessions include:
  • “How Colonial America’s Hunger for Fashion in an Era of Mercantilist Competition Drove the British Industrial Revolution,” John Styles, University of Hertfordshire
  • “Fashioning an Imperial Fabric: India, Calico, and Colonial Consumers in British Policy,” Jonathan Eacott, University of California, Riverside
  • “Sophia Thifty Opines on Shoes on the Eve of the Stamp Act: Or, The Printer, the Cordwainer, and the Matron,” Kimberly S. Alexander, University of New Hampshire
  • “‘American Greivances red-dressed’: British Uniforms and their Symbolism in Boston during the Townshend Acts Crisis,” David Niescior, Old Barracks Museum
  • “A ‘New-Fashioned Jacket’: Dress and Undress in the Practice and Depiction of Tarring and Feathering,” Arinn Amer, C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center
  • “A Cutting Narrative: 18th-Century Boston Tailoring,” David E. (Ned) Lazaro, Historic Deerfield
  • “Linen or Lace? How George Washington’s Shirt Ruffles Defined the American Presidency,” Amanda Isaac, Mount Vernon
  • “Conflict and Conservation: A Proposal for the Treatment of George Washington’s 1789 Inaugural Coat,” Colleen Callahan
  • “‘...Kind of armour, being peculiar to America’: The American Hunting Shirt,” Neal T. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg
  • “The Age of Reform: American Military Dress in the Revolutionary Atlantic, 1760-1790,” Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga
  • “The Razor’s Edge: Contextualizing Shaving Practices in 18th-Century America,” Jacqueline Delisle
  • “‘Scarce and Valuable British and French Dry Goods’: Textiles Taken by American Privateers in the War of 1812,” Ann Buermann Wass, Riversdale House Museum
  • “À la créole: Caribbean Self-Fashioning in an Age of Revolution,” Phillipe Halbert, Yale University
In addition, there are museum talks and workshops available for additional fees. Follow this link for complete information and registration form.

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