In 1863, Lincoln read a paper copy of the Gettysburg Address.
This prepared speech was the 1800s version of today's TelePrompTer.
Other people have used notes on the back of their hand.
Without some form of reference, speeches sound rambling. President James Garfield who was also shot while in office was born in 1831

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Colonial clothes were dyed with herbs & flowers

colonial lacing
laced clothing
History is not limited to a time when women's dresses were longer than the men's pants. Colonial clothing had different fasteners, the modern zipper is less than 100 years old. Colonial era pants had buttons in the front. They and dresses had laces in the back to adjust the size. Belts and buckle were decorative items on hats and shoes.

Not all early New England settlers were Puritans wearing black, some colonialists sported a variety of clothing colors from yellows and blues to deep maroon. Colonial gardens grew herbs or flowers for use in medicine and dying clothes. Green faded easily requiring dye combinations of clay and plants often involving several dunkings to achieve a desired color.



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