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An American Quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery, Rachel May

Label
An American Quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery
Title
An American Quilt
Title remainder
unfolding a story of family and slavery
Statement of responsibility
Rachel May
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Following the trail left by an unfinished quilt, this illuminating saga examines slavery from the cotton fields of the South to the textile mills of New England -- and the humanity behind it. When we think of slavery, most of us think of the American South. We think of back-breaking fieldwork on plantations. We don't think of slavery in the North, nor do we think of the grueling labor of urban and domestic slaves. Rachel May's rich new book explores the far reach of slavery, from New England to the Caribbean, the role it played in the growth of mercantile America, and the bonds between the agrarian south and the industrial north in the antebellum era -- all through the discovery of a remarkable quilt. While studying objects in a textile collection, May opened a veritable treasure-trove: a carefully folded, unfinished quilt made of 1830s-era fabrics, its backing containing fragile, aged papers with the dates 1798, 1808, and 1813, the words 'shuger,' 'rum,' 'casks,' and 'West Indies,' repeated over and over, along with 'friendship,' 'kindness,' 'government,' and 'incident.' The quilt top sent her on a journey to piece together the story of Minerva, Eliza, Jane, and Juba -- the enslaved women behind the quilt -- and their owner, Susan Crouch. May brilliantly stitches together the often-silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world. Beautifully written and richly imagined, An American quilt is a luminous historical examination and an appreciation of a craft that provides such a tactile connection to the past
Cataloging source
CaOWLBI
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
May, Rachel
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • portraits
  • genealogical tables
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Slavery
Target audience
general
Label
An American Quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery, Rachel May
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-444)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Extent
ix, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781681774176
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), portraits, genealogical table
System control number
(CaOWLBI)pr01258111
Label
An American Quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery, Rachel May
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-444)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Extent
ix, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781681774176
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), portraits, genealogical table
System control number
(CaOWLBI)pr01258111

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