By: Cuesta Benberry
The purpose of this study is to trace chronologically the historical attitudinal changes of white Americans toward African-Americans, as revealed in quilts and related media. The pre- and post-Civil War periods, the early, middle and late 20th century quilts and related media have investigated. White-made quilts that have black people as the prime subject matter offer a visible form of white people’s perceptions of blacks. The related media, such as needle work forms, crafts, paintings, commercial advertisements, song sheets and literature serve as corroborating examples from the popular culture prevalent at the time. The conditions under which black people have lived in American have been strongly affected by the images the white majority had of African-Americans.