Hidden in Plain View

Hidden in Plain View

The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

Book - 1999 | 1st ed.
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For the first time, the secret codes used in slave quilt patterns that served as maps to escape on the Underground Railroad are revealed--suggesting that there was an organized African-American resistance movement that predated the Abolitionist crusade. Color photos.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385491372
Branch Call Number: 973.7115 TOBIN
Characteristics: x, 208 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dobard, Raymond G.


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SnoIsleLib_AnneM Mar 22, 2018

The Civil War era quilts of the Underground Railroad are admired by many for their beauty, but they were much more than a warm cover for chilly nights. Learn how slaves used them to communicate through codes that served as the maps for their escape to freedom.

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Jun 28, 2017

This book was written to promote the sale of quilts. The claims it makes regarding the Underground Railroad's reliance on quilts and quilt patterns as a guide to escaping slaves is not only logistically unbelievable, but unsubstantiated by quilt historians and others. It has been romanticized and accepted as fact, rather than the myth it is. For those who want to learn more about the Underground Railroad look,up William Still. His book is authentic and tells true stories of real heroes.


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