19th century

19th Century Clothing

By Bobbie Kalman

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Ready-made clothing was not always available to the settlers moving westward. Many people dyed, spun, and wove wool and flax to make the cloth from which they sewed their clothes. People worked hard and wore practical clothing.
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Tools and Gadgets

By Bobbie Kalman

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Learn how to identify mystifying gadgets used in the past by farmers, millers, woodworkers, metalworkers, printers, and doctors.

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The Gristmill

By Bobbie Kalman

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Early pioneers would travel from far and wide to visit the gristmill for the essential service of having their grain ground. Communities often developed in areas where gristmills had been built.
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A Child's Day

By Bobbie Kalman

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How would a boy named John have lived 150 years ago?
John's home does not have a sink or plumbing. Instead, John keeps a pitcher of water and a washbowl in his bedroom for washing his face and hands in the morning.
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Early Artisans

By Bobbie Kalman

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An introduction to crafts in the 18th and 19th centuries, Early Artisans features the craftspeople who made the items the early settlers could not make for themselves. Furniture, barrels, and shoes for people and horses were among the items
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Games From Long Ago

By Bobbie Kalman

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Looks at the many different games children played in the nineteenth century and describes the rules and play in detail.

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Old-Time Toys

By Bobbie Kalman

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Old-Time Toys shows young readers the wonders of 19th century playthings using fascinating photographs from leading toy museums around the country. A history of toymakers in North America is featured along with such unusual and familiar toy

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Children's Clothing of the 1800s

By Bobbie Kalman

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Introduces children's form of dress during the 19th century, including that of Native people, and the making of clothing and its care.
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Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America

By Deborah Hopkinson

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Read about the importance of cotton in America's history and learn about the lives of people who picked it and worked with it.
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African American Entrepreneurs

By Jim Haskins

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Profiles a variety of African American entrepreneurs, from the early years, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, to modern times.
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