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Enriching Inclusive Learning: African Americans in Historic Costume
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Ashley Ratute, Iowa State University
  • Sara Marcketti, Iowa State University
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Educating students to embrace diversity and value all people is a core value of educators in family and consumer sciences (FCS). For instructors in FCS, integrating the contributions of African Americans--particularly in textiles and clothing--can be an inclusive learning opportunity. The authors compiled resources on African Americans and historic clothing by examining research published in books and articles indexed in JSTOR and "America: History and Life". From these resources, themes emerged including slavery (particularly in 19th century), cultural traditions, entrepreneurs and designers, beauty and self-image, and headwear and hair. Using these themes, instructors might integrate the many contributions of African Americans into their instruction. Topics may include runaway slaves and their clothing, the origins of the headwrap, and history of the Harlem Renaissance. Integrating African American and other cultural groups in course content has a place in all FCS content areas and opens the door for reflecting and understanding the legacies of all people and cultures of the US.

This article is from Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2009 101(2); 64-66. Posted with permission.

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Ashley Ratute and Sara Marcketti. "Enriching Inclusive Learning: African Americans in Historic Costume" Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Vol. 101 Iss. 2 (2009) p. 64 - 66
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