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A Little CommonwealthFamily Life in Plymouth Colony$
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John Demos

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.001.0001

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Clothing

Clothing

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(p.52) Chapter Three Clothing
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A Little Commonwealth
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John Demos

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.003.0004

This chapter examines the clothing of Pilgrim settlers in Plymouth Colony. The clothing in common use among the settlers was surprisingly diverse in terms of type, materials, method of manufacture, and recognized values. Like household furnishings, clothes represented money in the bank and many of the wealthier people accumulated them in extremely large quantities. Clothing was not only a good investment for a man of some means; it was also a way of demonstrating his standing in the larger community and of confirming his own self-image.

Keywords:   clothing, Pilgrim settlers, Plymouth Colony, status symbol, self-image

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