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Book: Hidden in Plain Sight - The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America by Jane Allen Petrick

Book: Hidden in Plain Sight - The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America by Jane Allen Petrick

categories: Book, Art Criticism, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Heritage, Social History, Narrative Nonfiction, African Americans, Norman Rockwell


Jane Allen Petrick

Author Jane Allen Petrickabout this book: Coincidence is often the messenger of truth. When I started working on Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America, I had no intention of helping anybody and no desire to be a messenger of anything. I just thought I'd do a little easy research during the winter, then maybe write an article or two in the spring. Nothing too intense. But that was nearly four years ago.

Coincidence ran rampant during this project. And as it moved me from one piece of the story to the next, it also pushed and nudged me towards deeper questions and messier truths.

And the most startling truth is this: as this narrative unfolded, amidst all the Rockwell people that had been up until now "bizarrely neglected" (as Rockwell biographer Laura Claridge expressed it to me), amidst all the voices telling the story of their Norman Rockwell America for the first time, the loudest voice of all was that of Norman Rockwell himself.

Whether you love Norman Rockwell or hate him, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It will forever change your image of Norman Rockwell….and of Norman Rockwell's America.

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