Hidden in Plain View

The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad.

Author: Jacqueline L. Tobin

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307790568

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. In Hidden in Plain View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and scholar Raymond Dobard offer the first proof that certain quilt patterns, including a prominent one called the Charleston Code, were, in fact, essential tools for escape along the Underground Railroad. In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to "write this down," Williams began to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. But just as quickly as she started, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was "ready." During the three years it took for Williams's narrative to unfold—and as the friendship and trust between the two women grew—Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an art history professor and well-known African American quilter, to help unravel the mystery. Part adventure and part history, Hidden in Plain View traces the origin of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to free blacks living in the cities of the North, and shows how three people from completely different backgrounds pieced together one amazing American story. With a new afterword. Illlustrations and photographs throughout, including a full-color photo insert.

Hidden in Plain View

Author: Jacqueline Tobin



Category: African American quilts

Page: 220

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Boys Life

"Such is the story of the Underground Railroad. "'*' FOR FURTHER READING • "Hidden in Plain View, A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad" by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Ph. D. (Doubleday, 1999).





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Boys' Life is the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America. Published since 1911, it contains a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.

Hidden in Plain Sight

... 39–40; Michael Collins, “Smell Invisible: Being a Scent Free Hunter,” Cincinnati Hunting Examiner, September 12, ... Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad (New York: Anchor Books, 2000 [1999]).

Author: Eviatar Zerubavel

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199366616

Category: Psychology

Page: 199

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While examining its neuro-cognitive hardware, psychology usually ignores the socio-cognitive software underlying human attention. Yet although it is nature that equips us with our sense organs, it is nevertheless society that shapes the way we actually use them. The book explores the social underpinnings of attention, the way in which we focus our attention (and thereby notice and ignore things) not just as individuals and as humans but also as social beings, members of particular communities with specific traditions and conventions of attending to certain parts of reality while ignoring others.

Crafting Dissent

It is a suggestion, bracketed off with “they say,” or a fictional plot device. The book that solidified the myth is 1999's Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, by Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond ...

Author: Hinda Mandell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1538118408

Category: History

Page: 312

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Pussyhats, typically crafted with yarn, quite literally created a sea of pink the day after Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States in January 2017, as the inaugural Women’s March unfolded throughout the U.S., and sister cities globally. But there was nothing new about women crafting as a means of dissent. Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats is the first book that demonstrates how craft, typically involving the manipulation of yarn, thread and fabric, has also been used as a subversive tool throughout history and up to the present day, to push back against government policy and social norms that crafters perceive to be harmful to them, their bodies, their families, their ideals relating to equality and human rights, and their aspirations. At the heart of the book is an exploration for how craft is used by citizens to engage with the rhetoric and policy shaping their country’s public sphere. The book is divided into three sections: "Crafting Histories," Politics of Craft," and "Crafting Cultural Conversations." Three features make this a unique contribution to the field of craft activism and history: The inclusion of diverse contributors from a global perspective (including from England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Australia) Essay formats including photo essays, personal essays and scholarly investigations The variety of professional backgrounds among the book’s contributors, including academics, museum curators, art therapists, small business owners, provocateurs, artists and makers. This book explains that while handicraft and craft-motivated activism may appear to be all the rage and “of the moment,” a long thread reveals its roots as far back as the founding of American Democracy, and at key turning points throughout the history of nations throughout the world.

The Underground Railroad

In 1999, Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard wrote about quilt codes and other clandestine communications in their book Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad. Tobin had met an African-American woman ...

Author: Ann Malaspina

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438131291

Category: Abolitionists

Page: 153

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When the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 was passed by Congress, the flight to freedom for runaway slaves became even more dangerous. Even the free cities of Boston and Philadelphia were no longer safe, and abolitionists who despised slavery had to turn in fugitives. But the Underground Railroad, a secret and loosely organized network of people and safe houses that led slaves to freedom, only grew stronger. Since the late 1700s, blacks and whites had banded together to aid runaways like Maryland slave Frederick Douglass, who disguised himself as a sailor to board a train to New York. Virginia slave Henry Brown packed himself in a box to get to Philadelphia. The minister John Rankin, who hung a lantern to guide runaways to his house by the Ohio River, endured beatings for speaking against slavery. Quaker storeowner Thomas Garrett was put on trial for helping fugitives in Delaware. Meanwhile, the nation marched on toward Civil War. At its height, between 1810 and 1850, these secret routes and safe houses were used by an estimated 30,000 people escaping enslavement. In The Underground Railroad: The Journey to Freedom, read how this secret system worked in the days leading up to the Civil War and the pivotal role it played in the abolitionist movement.

Crafted Lives Stories and Studies of African American Quilters

Pioneering quilt scholar Gladys - Marie Fry , who had studied the African American oral tradition , suggested that quilts ... the coauthors of the resultant Hidden in Plain View : The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad ...


Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604736465

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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An authoritative account of the powerful bonds between generations of African American quiltmakers

Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion

many Underground Railroad historians and quilt scholars question the claims of Tobin and Dobard . ... Critique : Hidden in Plain View : The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad " located online at http ...

Author: Junius P. Rodriguez

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313332739

Category: African Americans

Page: 416

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Slaves fought against their subhuman treatment in a myriad of ways, from passive resistance to armed insurrection. This encyclopedia details how slaves struggled against their bondage, highlights key revolts, and delves into important cultural and religious ideas that nurtured and fed slaves' hunger for freedom.

Talking Drums

Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad. Jacqueline L. Tobin. ... The artistry and ingenuity inherent in the quilt designs pay homage to the African heritage of the quilt makers.

Author: Wanda Cobb Finnen

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 1591580579

Category: Education

Page: 182

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Through stories, spirituals, and recommended resource books, Finnen exposes students to the rich history and heritage of Africa and African Americans. Each chapter provides the teacher or librarian with beautifully told folktales that provide the basis for further exploration of the chapter's focus. This rich resource is ideal for language arts and social studies classes, and provides an invaluable source of information for public and school librarians. Topics include: African American Storytellers, Ancestral Africa, Atlantic Slave Trade, The Underground Railroad, Emancipation and Reconstruction, The Civil Rights Movement, Spiritual Heritage, Musical Legacy.

Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad

Siebert, Wilbur H. The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom. ¡898. Reprint, New York: Russell and Russell, ¡967. Tobin, Jacqueline L., and Raymond G. Dobard. Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground ...

Author: J. Blaine Hudson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476602301

Category: History

Page: 316

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Fugitive slaves were reported in the American colonies as early as the 1640s, and escapes escalated with the growth of slavery over the next 200 years. As the number of fugitives rose, the Southern states pressed for harsher legislation to prevent escapes. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 criminalized any assistance, active or passive, to a runaway slave—yet it only encouraged the behavior it sought to prevent. Friends of the fugitive, whose previous assistance to runaways had been somewhat haphazard, increased their efforts at organization. By the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the Underground Railroad included members, defined stops, set escape routes and a code language. From the abolitionist movement to the Zionville Baptist Missionary Church, this encyclopedia focuses on the people, ideas, events and places associated with the interrelated histories of fugitive slaves, the African American struggle for equality and the American antislavery movement. Information is drawn from primary sources such as public records, document collections, slave autobiographies and antebellum newspapers.