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“This Gown … Was Much Admired and Made Many Ladies Jealous”: Fashion and the Forging of Elite Identities in French Colonial New Orleans

by Sophie White

One of twelve essays in the book George Washington’s South, edited by Tamara Harvey and Greg O’Brien. The book brings together a diverse array of essays by scholars in the fields of history, literature, art history, and anthropology, focusing on Washington, the development of regional identity in the South, and interactions among many of the region’s people. The contributors examine the relationship between George Washington’s varied and contradictory careers as a southern planter, general, and president and the emergence of the American South during the 18th century. They explore how regional identity is formed and how the life of Washington reflects the diversity of race, gender, and frontier experiences that confronted the American South during the years of the Early Republic.

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