Kate Haulman, Associate Professor of history at American University, researches and teaches early North American and women’s/gender history. She is the author of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (2011), winner of the Berkshire Conference Prize for Best First Book in the History of Women, Gender and/or Sexuality, and co-editor of Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives (2013). She co-curated the exhibit “All Work, No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor in the Home,” winner of the Secretary’s Prize for contributions to research, on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her current book traces the long “afterlife” of Mary Ball Washington (George Washington’s mother) in public commemoration to explore the intersection of gender, race, and the uses of the Revolutionary-era past.
This lecture discusses how and why women’s fashion became a flashpoint of political contestation during the imperial crisis and Revolutionary War.