Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Themes in American Folk Art

Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Themes in American Folk Art

by Deborah Harding, Paul S. D'Ambrosio




In an effort to celebrate and define our collective identity, Americans have created a range of everyday objects featuring emblems from the American flag to the American eagle to images of Lady Liberty. They have carved eagles, stitched quilts, wove coverlets, hooked rugs, whittled whirligigs, and molded weather vanes.

This groundbreaking volume, gorgeously illustrated with full-color photographs, is the result of years of research and considers the largest range of folk art ever gathered. Featured are objects with extraordinary historical importance, such as the flag, hand-painted with the figure of Liberty, which was in Lincoln's box seat the night he was assassinated, and a coverlet crocheted by Grace Coolidge.

Also included is a treasure trove of interesting facts and archival material to give the reader a full sense of the eras during which these objects were crafted. A landmark achievement, Stars and Stripes offers us the gift of ourselves: our shared history, our American spirit.

Author Biography: Deborah Harding, author of Rizzoli's Red & White and Home Sweet Home, is an editor and author specializing in the areas of decorating, crafts, and vintage textiles. She is the co-editor and author of the bestselling America's Glorious Quilts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847824854
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 12/28/2002
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 10.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.08(d)

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