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A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery, 1738-1860

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One of the nation's premier textile scholars discusses more than 500 samplers and embroideries, most never before published. Reflecting Maryland's rich mix of ethnic and religious cultures, they provide glimpses into the lives of young women from Colonial times to the eve of the Civil War. Some samplers contain registers of family history; others are memorial or mourning samplers. Poems, moral precepts and biblical verses abound. Especially engaging are the samplers with "busy yards," populated by animals, birds and people ...

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