The Nineteenth-Century Women's Dress Reform Movement: Part A

This question is based on the accompanying documents (1-8).В  The question is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents.В  Some of the documents have been edited for the purposes of this question.В  As you analyze the documents, take into account both the source of each document and any point of view that may be presented in the document.

Historical Context:

During the nineteenth century, many reformers wanted to change the way women dressed.В  Fashion dictated that women wear a long heavy skirt, several undergarments, a tight-laced, whale-boned corset, a tight-waisted blouse, delicate slippers, and an ornamental hat.В  Female reformers attempted to simplify women's clothing for a variety of reasons, and with mixed results.


Using information from the documents and your knowledge of United States history, answer the questions that follow each document in Part A.В  Your answers to the questions will help you write the essay in Part B, in which you will be asked to:

  • Describe the new designs for women's dress

  • Explain the reasons female reformers wanted to change women's dress

  • Describe the reactions to this new dress


Part A: Short-Answer Questions

Directions: Analyze the documents and answer the short-answer questions that follow each document in the space provided.


back to top