Hidden in Plain View

Hidden in Plain View

The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Reveals the secret codes woven by African American slaves into quilts they used to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad

& Taylor

The authors reveal the secret codes woven by African-American slaves into quilts they used to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad, part of a well-organized resistance movement that preceded the abolitionist crusade. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385491372
Characteristics: x, 208 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dobard, Raymond G.


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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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