|original drawing by|
Estelle Ansley Worrell
One engraving of 1732 shows peasants departing for the American colonies. A written account of the period describes them as "poor, humble and neglected folk." Thirty thousand of these Were prisoners sent from England. Many thousands more came from Scotland, Ireland, and Germany.
This man's clothes are the same as some of those in that 1732 engraving of a group of these "neglected folk." Their journey to the seaport town and some of their problems are described in Figure 40.
This man wears his hat flat in the rural manner. His jacket is the short, loose jacket worn by European peasants since medieval times. His knee breeches are looser and fuller than fashionable ones as is charachteristic of rural clothes. His shirt is without a collar and open at the neck.
His shoes fasten with ties instead of the new buckles. His clothes are those of another generation but it is not entirely his poverty that causes this. Rural people have, through the ages, held onto styles longer than people in the cities so his clothes are a result partly of tradition and heritage, partly of his misfortune in life. This holds true also of the custom of going barefoot described in Figure 45.