Mourning and Godey's Ladies' Book
Posted by Emelye on August 26, 1998 at 16:38:04:
In response to Look in the archives, written by P. Bingham on August 22, 1998 at 18:13:17
] This subject has been discussed extensively. So you might want to search the archives. There has also been a lengthy post from Aristocrats which is excellent if you don't have the book. I would post a link but I have not mastered that craft yet.
I have looked in the archives, but all the discussions there were inconclusive -- almost everybody seemed to agree that the mourning practices brought up were later 19th century. I found what I was looking for, though -- a book called "The Reshaping of Everyday Life" covers mourning in the late 18th century by saying there wasn't much of it unless you were a widow. It wasn't until the advent of Godey's Ladies Book in the 1830s that mourning became bound up in fashion and etiquette. Not to be morbid, but that was when funerals changed from being basically an excuse to get together with all of your family, friends, and neighbors to a somber family affair. I think I've got enough to cover my living history character at the Charles Carroll House.
I would like to see that link, though.
- Aristocrats P. Bingham 21:40:58 8/26/98 (0)
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