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

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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
Genre
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."--Jacket
  • Following the trail left by an unfinished quilt, May examines slavery from the cotton fields of the South to the textile mills of New England-- and the humanity behind it. In piecing together the story of Minerva, Eliza, Jane, and Juba-- the enslaved women behind a quilt made of 1830s-era fabric-- and their owner, Susan Crouch, May reveals the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world. -- adapted from jacket
Cataloging source
NHP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
May, Rachel
Dewey number
306.3/6/20973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
no index present
Language note
Text in English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • Slavery
  • United States
Label
An American quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery, Rachel May
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a work of creative nonfiction.... [B]ecause the records of enslaved people in the antebellum era are so scant, I have imagined their lives based on historical and contextual information. I make clear with the text what is known fact and where I'm imagining."--Page ix
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-444)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Piecing the quilt -- Eliza, Minerva, & Juba -- Warp & weft : agriculture & industry -- Mosaic -- Medicine & its failures -- Hickory root -- The Leonids : a sermon in patchwork -- Even there -- Canuto Matanew -- An abomination -- Living history -- Portraits
Control code
on1009013394
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books cloth edition.
Extent
ix, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781681774176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdacontent
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99976571827
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits, genealogical table
Label
An American quilt : unfolding a story of family and slavery, Rachel May
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a work of creative nonfiction.... [B]ecause the records of enslaved people in the antebellum era are so scant, I have imagined their lives based on historical and contextual information. I make clear with the text what is known fact and where I'm imagining."--Page ix
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-444)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Piecing the quilt -- Eliza, Minerva, & Juba -- Warp & weft : agriculture & industry -- Mosaic -- Medicine & its failures -- Hickory root -- The Leonids : a sermon in patchwork -- Even there -- Canuto Matanew -- An abomination -- Living history -- Portraits
Control code
on1009013394
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus books cloth edition.
Extent
ix, 452 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781681774176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdacontent
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
99976571827
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits, genealogical table

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