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Hidden in Plain View

A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

Author: Jacqueline L. Tobin,Raymond G. Dobard

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307790568

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 3646

The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. In Hidden in Plain View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and scholar Raymond Dobard offer the first proof that certain quilt patterns, including a prominent one called the Charleston Code, were, in fact, essential tools for escape along the Underground Railroad. In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to "write this down," Williams began to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. But just as quickly as she started, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was "ready." During the three years it took for Williams's narrative to unfold—and as the friendship and trust between the two women grew—Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an art history professor and well-known African American quilter, to help unravel the mystery. Part adventure and part history, Hidden in Plain View traces the origin of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to free blacks living in the cities of the North, and shows how three people from completely different backgrounds pieced together one amazing American story. With a new afterword. Illlustrations and photographs throughout, including a full-color photo insert.

Abandoned Tracks

The Underground Railroad in Washington County, Pennsylvania

Author: W. Thomas Mainwaring

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 0268103607

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

View: 2714

In Abandoned Tracks, W. Thomas Mainwaring bridges the gap between scholarly and popular perceptions of the Underground Railroad. Historians have long recognized that many aspects of the Underground Railroad have been mythologized by emotion, memory, time, and wishful thinking. Mainwaring’s book is a rich, in-depth attempt to separate fact from fiction in one local area, while also contributing to a scholarly discussion of the Underground Railroad by placing Washington County, Pennsylvania, in the national context. Just as the North was not consistent in its perspective on the Civil War and the slavery issue, the Underground Railroad had distinct regional variations. Washington County had a well-organized abolition movement, even though its members helped a comparatively small number of fugitive slaves escape, largely because of the small nearby slave population in what was then western Virginia. Its origins as a slave county make it an interesting case study of the transition from slavery to freedom and of the origins of black and white abolitionism. Abandoned Tracks lends much to the ongoing scholarly debate about the extent, scope, and nature of the Underground Railroad. This book is written both for scholars of abolitionism and the Underground Railroad and for an audience interested in local history.

Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion

Author: Junius P. Rodriguez

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313332739

Category: African Americans

Page: 748

View: 4334

Entries cover slave rebellions, rebels, and modes and forms of slave resistance throughout the Americas, also providing information on the depiction of slavery and slave rebellions in literature and mass media.

The Underground Railroad

The Journey to Freedom

Author: Ann Malaspina

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438131291

Category: Abolitionists

Page: 153

View: 3457

When the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was passed by Congress, the flight to freedom for runaway slaves became even more dangerous. Even the free cities of Boston and Philadelphia were no longer safe, and abolitionists who despised slavery had to turn in fugitives. But the Underground Railroad, a secret and loosely organized network of people and safe houses that led slaves to freedom, only grew stronger. Since the late 1700s, blacks and whites had banded together to aid runaways like Maryland slave Frederick Douglass, who disguised himself as a sailor to board a train to New York. Virginia slave Henry Brown packed himself in a box to get to Philadelphia. The minister John Rankin, who hung a lantern to guide runaways to his house by the Ohio River, endured beatings for speaking against slavery. Quaker storeowner Thomas Garrett was put on trial for helping fugitives in Delaware. Meanwhile, the nation marched on toward Civil War. At its height, between 1810 and 1850, these secret routes and safe houses were used by an estimated 30,000 people escaping enslavement. In The Underground Railroad: The Journey to Freedom, read how this secret system worked in the days leading up to the Civil War and the pivotal role it played in the abolitionist movement.

Runaway and Freed Missouri Slaves and Those who Helped Them, 1763-1865

Author: Harriet C. Frazier

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786418299

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

View: 8781

From the beginning of French rule of Missouri in 1720 through this state's abolition of slavery in 1865, liberty was always the goal of the vast majority of its enslaved people. The presence in eastern Kansas of a host of abolitionists from New England made slaveholding risky business. Many religiously devout persons were imprisoned in Missouri for "slave stealing." Based largely on old newspapers, prison records, pardon papers, and other archival materials, this book is an account of the legal and physical obstacles that slaves faced in their quest for freedom and of the consequences suffered by persons who tried to help them. Attitudes of both slave holders and abolitionists are examined, as is the institution's protection in both the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution. The book discusses the experiences of particular individuals and examines the Underground Railroad on Missouri's borders. Appendices provide details from two Spanish colonial census reports, a list of abolitionist prison inmates with details about their time served, and the percentages of African Americans still in bondage in 16 jurisdictions from 1820 to 1860.

Die Geschichte des Patchworkquilts

Ursprünge, Traditionen und Symbolik einer textilen Kunst

Author: Schnuppe von Gwinner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Patchwork

Page: 196

View: 1500

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 23: Folk Art

Author: Carol Crown,Cheryl Rivers,Charles Reagan Wilson

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469607999

Category: Reference

Page: 520

View: 7543

Folk art is one of the American South's most significant areas of creative achievement, and this comprehensive yet accessible reference details that achievement from the sixteenth century through the present. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the many forms of aesthetic expression that have characterized southern folk art, including the work of self-taught artists, as well as the South's complex relationship to national patterns of folk art collecting. Fifty-two thematic essays examine subjects ranging from colonial portraiture, Moravian material culture, and southern folk pottery to the South's rich quilt-making traditions, memory painting, and African American vernacular art, and 211 topical essays include profiles of major folk and self-taught artists in the region.

Making Allies, Making Friends

A Curriculum for Making the Peace in Middle School

Author: Hugh Vasquez,M. Nell Myhand,Allan Creighton

Publisher: Hunter House

ISBN: 9780897933070

Category: Education

Page: 213

View: 8756

A special curriculum designed to teach racial, sexual, and ethnic diversity assembles over thirty journal, role-playing, storytelling, and research activities to promote peace and acceptance.

Hidden in Plain Sight

The Social Structure of Irrelevance

Author: Eviatar Zerubavel

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199366632

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 6665

Many of us take for granted that what we perceive is a completely accurate representation of the world around us. Yet we have all had the experience of suddenly realizing that the keys or glasses that we had been looking for in vain were right in front of us the whole time. The capacity of our sense organs far exceeds our mental capabilities, and as such, looking at something does not guarantee that we will notice it. Our minds constantly prioritize and organize the information we take in, bringing certain things to the foreground, while letting others - that which we deem irrelevant - recede into the background. What ultimately determines what we perceive, and what we do not? In this fascinating book, noted sociologist Eviatar Zerubavel argues that we perceive things not just as human beings but as social beings. Drawing on fascinating examples from science, the art world, optical illusions, and all walks of life, he shows that what we notice or ignore varies across cultures and throughout history, and illustrates how our environment and our social lives - everything from our lifestyles to our professions to our nationalities - play a role in determining how we actually use our senses to access the world. A subtle yet powerful examination of one of the central features of our conscious life, this book offers a way to think about all that might otherwise remain hidden in plain sight.

The Journey to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

Author: Louise Chessi McKinney

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1425723047

Category: Abolitionists

Page: 32

View: 5377

Quilten für Dummies

Author: Cheryl Fall

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527706046

Category:

Page: 308

View: 8926

Arbeiten Sie gern mit Stoffen, Farben und Mustern? Cheryl Fall zeigt Ihnen, wie Sie mit Ihrem Hobby wunderschöne Kunstwerke schaffen können. Von der Auswahl an Stoffen und Fäden über das Design des Quilts bis zum richtigen Handwerkszeug, in leicht verständlichen Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitungen stellt sie Ihnen 17 verschiedene Projekte vor. Anfänger finden hier Tipps, wie sie mit einfachen Mustern einsteigen können. Erfahrene Quilter finden Anleitungen für außergewöhnliche Designs. Ob Sie mit der Hand oder mit der Nähmaschine arbeiten, das Muster selbst entwerfen oder eines der vorgeschlagenen Designs als Vorlage nehmen, dieses Buch begleitet Sie bei Ihren Projekten.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore: Q-Z

Author: Anand Prahlad

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780313330384

Category: African Americans

Page: 1557

View: 5464

Pathfinders Travel

The Travel Magazine for People of Color

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: African Americans

Page: N.A

View: 7703

The Story of the Underground Railroad

Author: KaaVonia Hinton

Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1612288286

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 5387

No one really knows when the Underground Railroad began, but we do know this network of blacks, whites, Native Americans, and others helped thousands of escapees reach free land. Find out about the secret world of conductors, agents, and stations that helped enslaved people in North America gain freedom, from the mid 1600s through the end of the Civil War.

Multiple Lenses

Voices from the Diaspora Located in Canada

Author: David Divine

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 459

View: 835

Black Canadian Studies is the exploration of the range of histories, experiences, contributions, perceptions, feelings, convictions, triumphs, and obstacles awaiting to be overcome, of identified Black people of African descent resident in Canada. Black Canadian Studies revolves around the agency of Black people as the subject of investigation. Their stories, their interpretations, their pride, their independence, their self determination, their challenges, their triumphs, their shortfalls and sense of freedom and justice, are at the forefront of investigation. Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora Located in Canada is an essential introduction to an understanding of the experience of Black people in Canada over a four hundred year period. Through the lenses of history, law, literature, film, music, Black community organizations, media, sports, Black spirituality, party politics, labour markets, education and lived experience, renowned commentators explore through Canadian eyes, how Black people in Canada have identified themselves, and been identified over this period. What factors influenced that process? Black people in Canada are not part of "imagined communities" but real people with visceral connections, flesh and blood, striving to build lives under often unimaginable hardships. This book is dedicated to such Black people and their allies who, together, have fashioned meaning and hope in an often hostile environment.

Uncoverings

The ... Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Quilting

Page: N.A

View: 1155

A Piece of My Soul

Quilts by Black Arkansans

Author: Cuesta Benberry

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 158

View: 6514

"Over seventy-five individual pieces of patchwork art are presented in this publication in full-color plates, each with a commentary by the exhibit's guest curator, Cuesta Benberry. The book details the importance of quilting to black Arkansans; the quilt's uses, materials, and construction; and what each piece says about the artist and her beliefs. We are granted a glimpse into the living conditions and cultural mores of the quilters' lives. Regionalisms, such as the unusual custom of renaming traditional quilt patterns for things seen in the farmyard, such as in Rooster Tail or Chicken Feet, and of piecing patchwork funerary cloths to decorate coffins are discussed."--BOOK JACKET.

Term Paper Resource Guide to African American History

Author: Caryn E. Neumann

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313355011

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8027

Help students to get the most out of studying African American history with the hundreds of term paper topics and resources to mine here.

In Her Own Words

Uncovering a Life Experience Woven Into the Africam American Quiltmaking Tradition

Author: Remi Kouessi-Tanah Douah

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 300

View: 633

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records

Author: Loretto Dennis Szucs,Matthew Wright

Publisher: Ancestry.com

ISBN: N.A

Category: Genealogy

Page: 276

View: 9143

Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records is a comprehensive guide to understanding and using U.S. Census records, in particular those of the federal census. Aimed at the general family history audience, this book is especially useful for the beginning to intermediate researcher. Along with a description of the history and structure of the federal census there is a guide to each decennial census. Three appendixes offer a description of major census data providers, major stare and national archives with census collections, and specially designed census extraction forms. Includes a complete index.

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