An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery

An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery

by Rachel May

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ISBN-13: 9781681774787
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 194,898
File size: 166 MB
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About the Author

Rachel May is the author of Quilting with a Modern Slant, which was a Library Journal and "Best Book of the Year." Her writing has received multiple awards, and she has been the recipient of residencies at the Millay Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. She's an assistant professor at Northern Michigan University and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author ix

1 Piecing the Quilt 1

2 Eliza, Minerva, & Juba 31

3 Warf & Weft: Agriculture & Industry 55

4 Mosaic 89

5 Medicine & Its Failures 131

6 Hickory Root 169

7 The Leonids: A Sermon in Patchwork 207

8 Even There 225

9 Canufo Matanew 251

10 An Abomination 291

11 Living History 339

12 Portraits 373

Sources 403

Additional Image Credits 445

Acknowledgments 449

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An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
A historical examination of the evil known as slavery… My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock! Slavery is the indelible stain on American history, especially in the South. But slavery did not begin in America, nor did it end when slavery was abolished. Slavery has a long dark history and spans the globe. There are still slaves in the world today. Along with the enslavement of the Negro race came prejudice and mistrust. Those seeds were sown in hatred, and they bring forth violence and unrest still today. In this book, a strange quilt is discovered that seems to tell a tale of escape from slavery. The author leads the reader through the world of slaves and slavery through the story of this quilt. People tend to forget that slavery was an American thing, not just a Southern thing. People worked as slaves in the Northern factories, their hire being paid to their masters. House slaves were not much better than the ones toiling on the plantations, and some were perhaps worse. In giving descriptions of the woes suffered by individuals trapped in the claws of slavery, the author pulls no punches. Slavery isn’t something that can be polished or painted with glorious colors. It is a blight upon humanity and the only way to expose it is simply show it for what it is. I give the author kudos for the bravery to write this account. There will no doubt be readers who may wish the story was different, but the truth is often raw and naked. Of course, there is a dash of light in the darkness as the various members of the quilting family gain their freedom. It serves to show that things can change, even if it takes a long, long time. I give the book a solid four stars… Quoth the Raven…