Petticoats and Frock Coats

Revolution and Victorian-Age Fashions from the 1770s to the 1860s

From the Series Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

What would you have worn if you lived during the American Revolution or the early 1800s? It depends on who you were! Women wore layers and layers of undergarments, including corsets, chemises, and petticoats, and they accessorized with gloves, hats, parasols, and fans. Men also flaunted plenty of accessories, including neckties, top hats, walking sticks, and pocket watches. Read more about Revolutionary and early 1800s fashions—from pantaloons to silk stockings to tricornered hats—in this fascinating book!

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2011-08-01
BISACS JNF025190, JNF059000, JNF006030
Dewey 391.00973
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource


  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2013


The Horn Book Guide

“Well-researched texts…archival photos and entertaining sidebars contribute to a lively read.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“This series, a history of fashion in the United States, is more than a simple account of fashion during particular eras. A variety of interesting aspects are examined, such as the ever-present influence of Europe on American tastes and how wars affected fashions.” —Library Media Connection


“Quotes from famous Americans and frequent references to art and literature help to contextualize the volume, and its glossary, timeline, recommended reading, and online resources make this set a terrific resource for the classroom. It will also be enjoyed as recreational reading and is recommended for school, library and home collections.” —VOYA

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“These well-written and appealing books place clothing and fashion, from underwear to headgear, in the larger context of American history, emphasizing that for most of our past, clothing signified status and reinforced societal roles, especially for women….. This series is certain to draw both researchers and browsers.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Author: Cynthia Overbeck Bix

Cynthia Bix grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where family visits to historical sites that dot the East Coast—including Old Sturbridge Village, Colonial Williamsburg, and Baltimore's own Fort McHenry—sparked her early interest in American history, crafts, and everyday life. After moving as a teenager to the San Francisco Bay Area, she added natural science—the world of plants, animals, and the environment—to her interests. She has been an avid reader ever since first grade, and there's always a stack of novels on her nightstand. (Sometimes she even sneaks in a reading session when she should be cooking dinner!) Cynthia loves to write about anything and everything. In her more than 30 nonfiction books for children and adults, she has written about such diverse subjects as carnivorous plants, the water cycle, flower gardens, and the Grand Canyon. She has also written how-to-do-it books about activities from planning a backyard cottage to making impressions of animal footprints! In addition to writing books and articles, Cynthia edits books for both children and adults.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Dressing a Nation: The History of U.S. Fashion

What was it like to wear pumpkin breeches in colonial times? Or hoopskirts during the Civil War era? Find out in this fascinating series that covers American fashions through many historical time periods. Each volume shows the trends and influences on clothing designs, hairstyles, and… View available downloads →