Table of contents for Hidden in plain view : the secret story of quilts and the underground railroad / Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard.

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Foreword. The Heritage of an Oral Tradition:
The Transmission of Secrets in African American Culture
by Cuesta Benberry                                                       1
Foreword. The Importance of the Decorative Arts in African American History
by Floyd Coleman, Ph.D.                                                  5
Foreword. Secret African Signs Encoded in African American Quilts
by Maude Southwell Wahlman. Ph.D.                                        7
Author's Note. "Write This Down"
by Jacqueline Tobin                                                     15
Author's Note. Stitching Ideas into Patterns: Methodology in the
Writing of Hidden in Plain View by Raymond C. Dobard, Ph.D.             25
1. The Fabric of Heritage: Africa and African American Quiltmaking      35
2. The Underground Railroad                                             53
3. "There Are Five Square Knots . ."                                    69
4. "The Monkey Wrench Turns the Wagon Wheel .      ."                   83
5. "Once They Got to the Crossroads . ."                                97
6. "Flying Geese Stay on the Drunkard's Path . . "                      11
7. Steal Away                                                          129
8. African American Quilts: Styles and Traditions                       153

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Underground railroad, Fugitive slaves United States Communication History 19th century, African American quilts Social aspects History 19th century, Ciphers History 19th century