Reviewing American Quilts: A Record of Women's Political Engagement

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This paper discusses research on American quilts and women's political engagement.

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Sokolow, Sarah & Way, Jennifer April 2, 2009.

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Abstract: Scholarship and museum exhibitions value quilts as women's craft that is separated from the public sphere of political activity. This paper argues that such treatment erroneously diminishes the significance of quilts as evidence of their makers' participation in political and social movements of the day. To advance this argument, the author uses Robin Hodgkin's linguistic theories to clarify how the representation of quilts in scholarship and in the exhibition "Partisan Pieces," held at the Dallas Women's Museum during 2008, distorts both the significance of quilts when they were made and their subsequent historical importance. The author redresses the exhibition's interpretations with additional research on a quilt made by the abolitionist, Deborah Coates. The author concludes that treating quilts in ways that underscore their status as craft obscures their validity as historical artifacts attesting to their makers' participation in American socio-political developments.

Sixth Annual University Scholars Day, 2009, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • The Eagle Feather, 2009, Denton: University of North Texas. Honors College

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 6
  • Issue: 2009
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Presentation for the 2009 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing the political rhetoric of American quilts and research into the validity of women's participation in American social politics.

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Sokolow, Sarah & Way, Jennifer. Reviewing American Quilts: A Record of Women's Political Engagement, paper, April 2, 2009; [Denton, Texas]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc94279/: accessed July 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.