Unraveling a Mystery in Storage at the Seattle Art Museum

Reconstructing the Life of a 10-Year-Old Girl from a 200-Year-Old Hand-Stitched Object

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Is it just me or is the formatting messed up, making most of this illegible?
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@1: It looks normal to me, but what about anybody else? I'll let the tech people know. What device and browser are you using? Thanks for letting us know.
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No. Just poorly researched, and drunkardly written.

American's started repatriating slaves before the War of 1812. It is entirely possible that this child was repatriated with her family.

Often the British would repatriate the slaves back to the port of departure, or the nearest port of convenience. Their main purpose, was to capture the ships, under the anti-slavery guise, and impress them into the British Navy.
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@3: Please provide attributions.
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I thought it was quite interesting. Textiles are amazing because they tally so much of the days of women and girls whose names and lives were never slated for historical memory in their own times.
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@5 - as a female textile worker myself, I quite concur! :)
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Interesting ...
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Great read.
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Very interesting article. If you would like to see some current American art on the local level you should check out our new gallery in Shoreline Wa. We have an amazing new show right now. www.gardenessentia.com Pics on facebook too.
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this is what I like about random archaeological objects. Imagining the history of the person who makes those delicate glass vessels [roman?] in that one case at SAM [the objects are insanely hot by themselves BTW]. Or my first love in that museum: those little wear polished, hand carved african stools; where they pick out the perfect root/branch but dont really alter much. Truth is; I'm not very turned on by the description of this needlework [as an object] I just feel sorry for the victims of progress and civilization.
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I know it sounds like i just come on here to critique and be a dick but I love this place here deeply [pugetsoundbasin] and there aren't that many regional specific art writers. That disturbs me; that this is all there is. Debbie downer signing off.
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This is fascinating. Thanks Jen.
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Great read. Thanks Jen.
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This is seriously well researched and informative. The paragraph about the girls being removed from the CMS for a month was a little tricky, but the piece was a sincere pleasure to read. Maybe there's a book in this piece? It's a fascinatingly complex cross-cultural, historical story with the ultimate MacGuffin.
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I love it, great work Jen!