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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 as a.
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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.
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Badge of a uniuely virtuous American polity It is here Zakim argues in the evolution of homespun into its 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.