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Civil War Women: Their Quilts, Their Roles, Activities for Re-Enactors

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ISBN-13: 978-1571201041
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Brackman's second book on quilting and the Civil War (after Quilts from the Civil War) introduces the reader to nine women who lived in that era and for each includes quilt designs of the time that they might actually have stitched. Suggested activities for reenactors and an extensive bibliography of original source materials make this book of interest not only to quilters but also for American history and American studies collections in public libraries.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Barbara Brackman, the author of Quilts from the Civil War and other crafts books, is a contributing editor at Quilter's Newsletter and a researcher and quilt curator for museums. She resides in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing (November 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571201041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571201041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I want to meet Barbara Brackman, the author of this beautifully put together quilting/history volume. So many books for reenactors are one dimensional, but Civil War Women is multimedia like in its approach. Each chapter tells the story of a real Civil War era woman to give you a feel for historical setting. Then she presents a historically inspired quilt that she feels would be the type of quilt that woman could have quilted. There are directions for these quilts which are mostly appliqued. Then she offers a suggested activity for a lady reenactor. The color plates in this volume are clear and breathtaking and there are many black and white historical photos that I found instructional. I learned many new things, such as an explanation for the bloomer reform dress, that caused me to consider impersonations that I had not thought about before. I have heard some local ladies criticize the author's selection of quilts as being too Union--but I personally found their designs refreshing and a nice alternative to Baltimore album quilts. The quilts that are my favorites are: Tobacco Worm, Seven Sisters and Democrat Rose. I enjoyed reading about Lucy Stone and her "poodle" husband. I am currently musing over the reenactor activity suggestions. The womens' rights orator and the letter writer both seem creative and do-able impressions that could be accomplished by a single reenactor. I really believe that this volume would be a great candidate for a companion CD that could have some video how to's and print outs of quilt patterns.
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For those interested in learning more about the various roles that women played in the Civil War, this book is a terrific starting point. For those interested in ideas of civilian living history activities, this book has some great ideas for women Civil War reenactors who want to do more than sit under the tent fly until their man returns from battle. For those interested in making a quilt inspired by old-fashioned patterns, this book contains some beautiful projects and good instructions. For those interested in faithfully recreating historically accurate quilts, this book is not for you.
After reading Barbara Brackman's wonderful "Quilts from the Civil War," I anxiously awaited "Civil War Women"--expecting another book on recreating historic quilts. Ultimately, I appreciated "Civil War Women" for what it was--a book containing interesting stories about the lives of women abolitionists, newspaper reporters, spies, plantation wives, nurses, government clerks, refugees and soldiers' wives. In the book's nine chapters, Brackman focuses on describing the life of one women from each group, and then discusses others in these roles. Numerous photographs and engravings help take the reader back to the 1860s.
I especially loved the suggested activities for reenactors: a quilting bee, giving a stump speech, collecting signatures for an album quilt, smuggling contraband, staging a bazaar, to name a few. Brackman reprints a speech given by Amelia Bloomer and excerpts diaries discussing quilting bees and fairs, which help to provide primary sources for these activities. Even those not involved in living history might be inspired to try some of these activities for a different old-fashioned party.
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This book contains 9 projects adapted from period quilts. These are linked rather whimsically to 9 women of the period. There is no evidence that the women profiled actually made quilts like these or, in fact, ever made any quilts at all. Ms. Brackman has used a little creative journalism, what the TV people like to call the docu-drama approach, to connect nine women who represent particular types and quilts that women like them were making. If your love is for historical trivia, about women or the Civil War period, you will likely find this book fascinating. Each chapter ends with a series of activities which could be used by re-enactors or by history teachers. There are numerous etchings and photographs of the period.  
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Where was Barbara Brackman when I was studying history in school? She has brought real women of history into our living rooms, introducing us to the most intimate of their thoughts and actions during the Civil War, each unique in her own role. But she doesn't stop there. For Civil War reenactors, she goes on to build on the historical facts to suggest activities in order to walk in these women's footsteps. And for quilters, she provides patterns of quilts of the era. This book is a must for anyone learning about women's roles in the Civil War, for Civil War reenactors, for quilters fond of old patterns, and generally for almost any history buff. Brackman has successfully spanned the line between quilter and historian in a way that her peers and even Brackman herself have not done before.
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I bought this book in '06 for a friend who was involved in Civil War re-enacting. I read it myself first :--) An excellent and interesting book that goes a long way past just the needs of the re-enactor or those of the quilter although I imagine it would be useful to them as well.
It is true that the quilts shown in the photos in the book are not the antique originals (a negative in my opinion) but are modern quilts based on those older designs, as far as I recall.
Lots of good photographs: not just of quilts, but also of the times being discussed, the Civil War, and particularly the role of women in it. The modern quilts are photographed in color; the older Civil War photographs are of course in black and white.
Barbara Brackman, whose first book was"Quilts from the Civil War: Nine Projects, Historic Notes, Diary Entries" and also"Facts and Fabrications: Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery: 8 Projects, 20 Blocks, First-Person Accounts", "Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts" and several others discusses the many roles of women of all classes in that war, for example, those involved in the Underground Railroad, the Nurses, the women who fought (disguised as men), those involved politically, and much more.
Brackman writes in a clear style, easily read but thoroughly in touch with her subject. It is not a dry, dull book by any means, I found it a fast, fascinating read.
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