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Columbia’s Daughters explores the samplers, sampler makers, and needlework schools in the early days of our country’s capital – the District of Columbia. Discussed within the historical and political context of American history, the book presents and interprets schoolgirl samplers and needlework pictures from the district’ three major cities: Alexandria, Georgetown, and Washington City. Highlighted are some of the district’s well-known teachers and schools: Sarah Eliza Edmonds of Alexandria; Lydia English’s Female Seminary; the Young Ladies’ Academy of Georgetown; Saint Vincent’s School in Washington City; and the unknown teacher responsible for the “Navy Yard samplers”. Columbia’s Daughters is the second of two books by Dr. Gloria Seaman Allen focused on the samplers, sampler makers, and needlework traditions of the Chesapeake Bay area. The first was A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738-1860 (2007), which explored the schoolgirl needlework of Maryland. Both books offer the reader well researched and richly illustrated regional studies that help illuminate the role of needlework instruction in the education of girls and young women in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Publication date: 2012
Hardcover: 288 pages

Images: 181
Publisher: Chesapeake Book Company and the Sampler Consortium
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9780982304952
Product Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75 x 1 inches


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