Tag: Wandering Historian

November 20, 2022 0

Teachers, South, and Calico Dresses

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By “waved the calico dresses of woman who dared…” was De Bois saying they wore colorfully dresses? Printed cotton dresses? Were the dresses waving freely or were the women wearing the dresses? Does “calico dresses” imply made in India, the US, England, somewhere else? Is it a comment on social & economic standing? Is this a simple etymology exercise or something more?

November 30, 2021 1

On Blue & Gray

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The North / South battlefield reunion at Gettysburg; Confederate and Union veterans would be in uniform. The US Flag and the Confederate Stars and Bars would be present. The whole event would show the nation that we had moved past the war…. but the Grand Army of the Republic said – no Confederate uniforms and no Confederate battle flags.