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 unfoldand as the friendship and trust between the two women grewTobin 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....
|Title||:||Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad|
|Number of Pages||:||586 Pages|
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Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad Reviews
This story has been examined by experts in the field of textiles and the civil war. There is not even one fact in primary sources about the underground railroad to back this up. Primary sources through the 1930s of interviews have not turned up even one shred of evidence for this story. Experts have also pointed out that some of the blocks hadn't been invented yet and/or given those names. I wanted to believe the story and I have the quilt book too but it's just a story.
This is a terrible book! It is poorly written, doesn't pass the credibility test, and makes no sense as history. Avoid it!
The topic / concept seem fascinating. I wanted to be transported...However this is a very dry; academic journey into what should have been storytelling. In fact, she kept telling us how amazing it was to hear the story.. the she stripped it down to a Wikipedia entry. Cannot recommend.
"A Secret Story" in the title makes it sound as if it's a sort of mystery, but it's just a VERY dry account of two people 'researching' quilt-making and the underground railroad. It's more of an academic work - which I've now read is probably more fiction than fact. There have to be better-written, more accurate books on the subject - I recommend you go and find those, instead.
The discovery of the systems escaped slaves used to get North and into Canada by the secret language in quilt patterns was exciting, the more so for the fact that it has remained secret for the many years since the end of the Civil War. To someone like myself who has been a quilter and who knew already something about the terminus of the Underground Railway along the Ohio River. in Kentucky, it was even more so. I have seen the house which was known to have hidden the escapees. This location was a matter of local pride to people who grew up in that small town. I was happy to purchase the book and present it to a woman who was a child of former slaves. .
I read a synopsis of this book in a Time Life for Kids reader with my homeschooled daughter. It sounded so fascinating I had to buy the book. So far I am enjoying it immensely. Such rich history under our very noses!
My 90 year old mother loves this book. It was first shared with her by her granddaughter almost 20 years ago. Now she shares it with her niece.
Very interesting book. (Read it then gave as gift! Sorry...couldn't pass it up!!)