Call for Entries: World of Antebellum America

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Call for Publications
September 21, 2016 to January 15, 2017
United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Social History / Studies, Public Health, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Rural History / Studies



Call for Entries: World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia

Editor, Alexandra Kindell; Publisher, ABC-Clio


Recalling the old “Daily Life” series of books, ABC-Clio is making updated and easy-to-access social and cultural information available through its Daily Life Encyclopedia series. This edition will explore the lives of average people in the antebellum U.S. with a focus on social, cultural, and material history. This multivolume set includes ten categories, including entries on Food and Drink, Housing and Community, Recreation and Social Customs, Economics and Work, Fashion and Appearance, Science and Technology, Family and Gender, Religion and Beliefs, the Arts. Authors can use these topics to illuminate aspects of American emotional life, interactions, opinions, views, beliefs, and intimate relationships as well as connections between the individual and the greater world. The project is scheduled for completion in the next year, and is about two-thirds completed.


Below is a list of 500-1,000 word entries that are still currently available. Completion of entries by 31 December 2016 is preferable. The editor is looking for scholars willing to write on these topics or similar ones. Please feel free to make suggestions. If you are interested in participating in this series, please send an introduction email and CV to Alexandra Kindell at


  • Miniatures
  • Literary magazines
  • Serial novels
  • Travelogues
  • landholding and property ownership
  • Overseers
  • Apprenticeship
  • Artisans
  • Factory owners
  • Industrial wage workers (categories, differences by region, etc.)
  • Merchants and clerks
  • Outwork
  • American Indian childhood (pre- and post-removal)
  • Orphans and guardianship
  • Toys and play (including class differences, use to reinforce gender expectations)
  • Adultery
  • American Indian gender relations
  • Courtship
  • Coverture
  • Marriage
  • Sexuality
  • Sibling relationships
  • Housework
  • Cosmetics & beauty culture
  • Laundry
  • Public health campaigns and advances
  • Standards of beauty (by class and region, plus change over time)
  • Children’s fashion, middle and upper-middle classes
  • Dressmakers, tailors, and milliners
  • Fashion plates and patterns
  • Jewelry
  • Lowell Cloth
  • Men’s fashion, middle and upper-middle classes
  • Ready-made clothing
  • Slaves’ clothing
  • Wedding clothes
  • Working-class clothing
  • Dining spaces (connect to social status)
  • Public feasts or meals
  • Candy
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Roasted meats
  • Stews
  • Frontier communities
  • Land inheritance patterns
  • Rural family structure
  • Social/work events
  • Stores (as commercial and social spaces)
  • Civic ceremonies
  • Community/civic associations
  • County courthouses
  • Gardens
  • Public squares and public spaces
  • Urban family structure
  • Civilization Policy
  • Diary writing
  • Etiquette across class and/or race status
  • Etiquette: rural manners
  • Etiquette: urban manners
  • Gift-giving
  • Gossip
  • Letter writing
  • Independence Day
  • Parades
  • Gambling
  • Boxing
  • Hunting
  • Sewing societies
  • Social clubs and community organizations
  • American Indian religious practices (by nation and region)
  • Sunday Schools
  • Women’s auxiliaries
  • grades and futures
  • Hospitals
  • Inoculation
  • Medical education
  • Patent medicines
  • Surgery
  • Literacy rates and reading habits
  • Gaslights
  • Sewing machine
  • Textile Arts
  • Leatherstocking Tales
  • Musical Societies
  • Parlor Music
  • Orchestra Singing Schools and choirs
  • Gold Rush
  • Divorce
  • Brooks Brothers
  • The Virginia Housewife
  • Church Construction
  • County seats and market towns
  • Circuit Courts
  • Expanding role of government
  • James Buchanan
  • Tariffs and Nullification
  • Prisons and punishment
  • Osceola
  • Christmas
  • Festivals and spectacles
  • Christian Restoration
  • Burial and mourning rituals
  • Conversion
  • Infant Baptism
  • Secularization Act
  • Sermons
  • Higher education (incl. normal schools)
  • Cherokee syllabary
  • Steamboats
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