The Season

As Kristen Richardson reminds us in this engaging and thought-provoking history, dismissing debutante traditions means dismissing a key part of women’s history.

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When she was 17, Kristen Richardson was invited to become a debutante. The prospect of being on display held no interest for her, but as Richardson attended the ritualized “coming-out” parties of friends, she became fascinated by the enduring upper-class ritual, which has been largely overlooked by historians. In The Season: A Social History of…

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