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“I intended to have had [coats] made up in a new fashion which I think will save Cloth, be made up quicker and cheaper and yet be more warm and convenient to the Soldier. ”
George Washington, to James Mease,
January 21, 1778.
John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745–1799, 10 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1933), 330–331. Electronic Edition.
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Creating the Perfect Pattern
From the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army had trouble keeping its soldiers clothed and shod due to the expense and difficulty of obtaining supplies. In this lesson, students act as tailors for the army and use math to create a shirt pattern with as little waste as possible. They then calculate the cost of making the shirts.
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A LIVING AS A TRADESPERSON IN COLONIAL AMERICA
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The goods and services produced by skilled tradespeople were invaluable to early American communities. This unit uses primary sourcesthe Virginia Gazette newspaper, shop signs, biographies, and moreto discover the life and work of these people. This is an in-depth look at early American trades and economy. 143 pages. Grades 4–8, $19.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email email@example.com.
LIFE IN THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
What was life like for soldiers during the Revolutionary War? How did they live, work, play, eat? What about women and civilians who traveled with the army? Students explore these questions by examining primary sources, and by re-creating a Continental army camp in the classroom. Grades 4–12. 106 pages. $19.95. To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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