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Behind the Beautiful Dress: Making Cloth & Clothing in the 19th Century
Textiles drove the American pre-Civil War economy: they provided a money-making opportunity for a few and exploited the labor of countless others. Learn about the cotton economy's impact on home production of textiles, the introduction of ready-made clothing, and the labor involved with making and caring for 19th-century clothing with Erka Holst, curator of history at Illinois State Museum.

Then, consider contemporary issues about who makes today's clothing, under what conditions, and how it's disposed of.

This event is produced in partnership with Illinois Humanities. The Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau invites Illinois authors, artists, and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling
local nonprofit organizations to present free-admission cultural programs of high quality to their communities for a modest fee.

Closed captioning is available for this program.

May 5, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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