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American Studies Department Rutgers—The State University Study Guide “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend” For more than 150 years, the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, have made quilts reflecting their history and daily lives. Over the generations, they worked in isolation, continuing to inhabit the remote plantation land that their ancestors once worked as slaves. Today, their work is recognized by art critics worldwide. 1. According to quiltmaker Arlonzia Pettway, how were here ancestors separated? 2. According to art historian Bill Arnett, how did so many people in Gee’s Bend share the last name even if they were not actually related? 3. Why was the original Mark Pettway plantation house torn down in the 1940s? 4. What was the agricultural economic practice known as “advancing”? What were the consequences of the fall of the price of cotton in the 1930s? 5. According to Bill Arnett, what was suspicious about the untimely deaths of both young women--Willie and Marina Pettway? 6. What did Dr. Peter Marzio, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, find
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course 50 263 taught by Professor Gillespie during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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