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1. From: David Blight [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] The reason your student is not finding primary material on quilting in the Underground Railroad is because in all likelihood there isn't any. This is "myth" of the softest kind that serves the needs of the present for people who prefer their history as lore and little else. See the book I edited for the new museum in Cincinnati, Passages to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in History and Memory, 2004. David Blight 2. From: KSmardz@AOL.COM Dear List: The story about quilts and the UGRR seems to come from the book "Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad" by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond Dobard, published by Doubleday in 1999. Personally, I think it took hold because the quilt story helps validate women's (often anonymous) work on the UGRR. But that's another hobbyhorse of mine . . . Thank goodness this quilt stuff is finally being debunked! But how do we discredit this myth? I work a great deal with educators and community historians in Ontario and parts of the Upper South and Midwest, and I have to say that this Quilt Code nonsense is very widespread. It is absolutely everywhere - school curricula, monuments (one just having been erected using the Quilt Code at Owen Sound, Ontario), websites, and museums. After years of reading slave and fugitive slave narratives, I quite agree with Paul Finkelman that there's not a single reference to quilts in anything I have ever come across. But every women's group, children's history club and museum friends association I come across is busily making quilts using the "Code". Karolyn Smardz Frost Collingwood, Ontario